You Never Know How You Look Through Other People’s Eyes, Portland, ME

2018 | Group Exhibition |
The Institute of Contemporary Art and Maine College of Art

Exhibition Description:
“Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies, you never know just how you look through other people’s eyes.” – Gibby Haynes, 1996

Deceptively playful, the Butthole Surfers’ lyrics above make clear the impossibility of having first-hand knowledge of the self by boldly stating that you can never fully know who you are to someone else. The artists here allow their works to exist sympathetically and in spite of each other for an exhibition that proposes a state of coexistence at odds with itself. This experimental framework establishes a complex network that confirms and denies the possibility of true egalitarianism in favor of an antagonistic equilibrium.

Organized by Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects Erin Hutton and Guest Curator Scott Patrick Wiener.

Confiscated Vagrant Vessel #23

Confiscated Vagrant Ship 23, 2018, 9 5/8″ x 5 5/8″ inches, graphite and ink on paper, private collection
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Confiscated Vagrant Vessel #23

Confiscated Vagrant Vessel #23, 2017, 5 5/8″ x 9 5/8″ inches, Sumi ink and graphite on paper

Just finished this new addition to the Confiscated Vagrant Vessel Series! Each piece from this series poses as documentation of the search and seizure of vagrant ships by the Antarctic Collective Navy.

According to historians from the Rothera Historical Society:

At the close of 2536 CE, the search for the missing Antarctic Collective Ship (ACS) Golden Pear intensified. As the search efforts grew desperate, High Counselor Tyrell Welford authorized collecting all possible Antarctic Collective debris found within a 2000 km radius from Bouvet Island by any means necessary. Reclaiming wreckage sunk in the perpetually violent ocean was technologically impossible for Antarctica in the 26th century. The nature of the situation left search parties with only three viable options:

  • Skim for floating debris.
  • Search nearby shorelines.
  • Hunt for debris in the ships of the vagrant vessels that littered the ocean’s waves. 

On January 1st, 2537, the Middle Council passed a measure authorizing the Antarctic Collective Navy to legally confiscate any vagrant vessels suspected to contain salvage belonging to Antarctic Collective ships. Occupants were either grounded on the nearest shore or subject to lethal force.

Give to Victory Portable Shelter

Give to Victory Portable Shelter, 2016, 72″ x 48″ x 42″, graphite, Sumi ink, mat board, paper, vinyl letters, Plexiglas, acrylic spray paint, pine, acrylic latex paint, drywall, casters, nylon strap
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