The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), in an exchange with de la Cruz Contemporary Art Space, Miami, presents the video installation Fighting Kissing Dancing, organized by curator and artist Carlos Rigau, featuring video works by Miami and New York based artists Nancy Garcia, Justin H. Long, Jillian Mayer, Martin Murphy, Sleeper, Viking Funeral, and Bryan Zanisnik.
On view at FWM's The New Temporary Contemporary at 1222 Arch Street, Fighting Kissing Dancing is a curated video space consisting of a single-channel video projection, a viewing area with a bench and a grip bar, and a neon sculpture that brings to mind the form of cinema, television and computer screens. Visitors are provided with a familiar environment in which to engage with works of contemporary art.
The three actions referenced in the installation's title commonly occur in traditional narrative film for emotional effect and are likewise employed by the artists in the exhibition as a means of exploring ideas surrounding the human form, its interactions and intimacies. Nancy Garcia's Jugband (2010) uses the grid of the screen as a heightened dismembering device, conflicting with the energy of the live body. In Search of Miercoles (2010) by Justin H. Long is an attempt to reconnect with the history of man taking to the ocean in search for the unknown. In Scenic Jogging (2010) Jillian Mayer chases images of typical idyllic computer screensavers projected onto urban landscapes. Martin Murphy's Film Spills (2010) are both a self-portrait and a reaction to pop culture, giving rise to questions of influence and process. Sleeper uses the vernacular of the internet to speak about artificial intimacy and the willingness of people to divulge personal information through technological filters with My first VLOG (2010). Collective Viking Funeral present I take what interests me in the movies and put it in a shorter format so I don't get bored (2011) combining visual art, performance and experimental music. Bryan Zanisnik juxtaposes vignettes in Black Death BBQ (2010) to create a fractured and absurd narrative that finds commonality with performance art of the 1970s.
About the Artists
- Nancy Garcia (b. 1979) lives and works in Miami, Florida and Brooklyn, New York.
- Justin H. Long (b. 1981) lives and works in Miami, Florida.
- Jillian Mayer (b. 1984) lives and works in Miami, Florida.
- Martin Murphy (b. 1982) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
- Sleeper (b. 1987) lives and works in Miami, Florida.
- Viking Funeral (Carlos Ascurra and Juan González) live and work in Miami, Florida.
- Bryan Zanisnik (b. 1979) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
About the Curator
Carlos Rigau (b. 1978) was raised in Little Havana in Miami, Florida; lives and works in Miami, Florida. MFA Hunter College, NY 2009; Florida International University 2002, double major in Fine Art and Television Communications. Rigau's work has been shown throughout Florida's museums and galleries: Miami Art Museum, MoCA, Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood, ArtCenter / South Florida, Dimensions Variable, and Dorsch Gallery. He has also exhibited his work at Jack Tilton Gallery, NY; Shane Campbell Gallery, IL; Nice and Fit Gallery in Berlin, Germany.