History As I Know It, a group art exhibition occurring simultaneously in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, draws together works by eight contemporary artists (Maricruz Alarcón, Tamara Cedré and Carlene Muñoz, Kate Harding, Tiona McClodden, Ty Pownall, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Sable Elyse Smith)whose practices investigate spaces of slippage between perceived notions of historical factuality and the subjective, fluid character of memory and imagination.
Materially, the works in this exhibition range from sculpture, photography, and video. Thematically, they cohere to present a range of modalities in which the affective, conceptual, and ideological framework of historic is complicated by the permeability and malleability of memory. Both the Los Angeles and Philadelphia iterations of History As I Know It, will include artworks by all eight artists simultaneously. These concurrent shows will seek to create unique visual and sensorial experiences for viewers, while retaining an overarching conceptual proposition that underscores the precariousness of historical record and its slippage in space and time.
In The ReDRooM "WEPAINT"
An interactive work in progress that welcomes visitors to collaborate, it features a mural by the Renee James A.R.T. Group, a group of artists who in an effort to build CommUnity through a collaborative approach with non artists, provide non-judgmental environments for artistic expression to increase human value through the creation of art. Visit their website: www.octobergallery.com/reneejames.
You too can join WEPAINT and add to the mural during the run of the show, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"HISTORY AS I KNOW IT" Exhibiting Artists
Maricruz Alarcón was born in Santiago de Chile, and currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, where she is a resident at the program Capacete. Her practice combines interdisciplinary studio work with critical writing about visual culture. She received her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design, NY, and was a participant in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. | www.maricruzalarcon.com
Tamara Cedré and Carlene Muñoz are a collaborative duo based in Southern California and Florida. Their collective work oscillates between a fixed understanding of place and imagined history, giving equal weight to both physical and psychic record. Cedré received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, MD and Muñoz received her MFA from University of Florida, FL. | tamaracedre.com | www.carlenemunoz.com
Kate Harding is a multimedia artist living and working between Los Angeles, New York City and Missouri. Harding’s work examines the specificity of site and the local to explore concepts of landscape, nature, perception and inter-subjectivity. She received her MFA from School of Visual Arts, NY. | www.Kate-Harding.com
Tiona McClodden is a filmmaker and visual artist who lives and works in North Philadelphia, PA. She is invested in exploring intersubjectivities within Black communities as a tool for creating insider perspectives within film, time based works, and objects. Her work explores shared ideas, values, and beliefs within the African Diaspora, or what she calls, “Black mentifact”. She produces and distributes her work through her film and media imprint, Harriet’s Gun Media. | www.tionam.com
Ty Pownall is a Los Angeles based artist and educator. His work explores the loose ends and disparate abstractions that allow for speculations into an object’s mythology; ultimately relating to the role storytelling plays in our collective understanding of “Truth.” He received his MFA from Claremont College, CA and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. | www.TyPownall.com
Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a conceptual artist and writer. As an artist-archivist, her work reckons with the complexity of memory, ritual, historiography, and archival practices as they relate to the construction of both personal and social histories. She is 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and holds a Ed.M in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College. | www.kameelahr.com
Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator based in New York. Her practice considers memory and trauma while enacting an undoing of language. She works from the archive of her own body creating new syntax for knowing and not knowing, thereby marking the difference between witnessing and watching. She received her MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, NY.| www.sableelysesmith.com