Contemptorary: Deep-Time Construction

May 31–July 28
NIC Kay, Get Well Soon!
Wattis Institute | 360 Kansas St, San Francisco, 94103

Deep-Time Construction
Curated by contemptorary
2018 Capp Street Project Artists-in-Residence
Invited by Leila Grothe


Opening reception: Thursday, May 31, 6:30-8:30pm

Deep-Time Construction brings together artists who create images, text, and archival material to compose films that consider the fabrication of time: from the forging of coloniality, the riots to come, and the potential spaces in between. The exhibition features works by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Lida Abdul, Sky Hopinka, NIC Kay, Asma Kazmi, and Amanda Russhell Wallace.

Deep-time is the scientific term for the earth's existence, denoting its geological epoch. Playing with this notion of a settled time, a measurable time of building, the artists featured in this exhibition challenge the metric of form as it registers in the image. The six time-based works demonstrate the potential and possibility of durational experience—as movement, as distilled, and as configuration and reconfiguration of colonial time and measurement.

As part of the exhibition, a series of essays will be commissioned relating to the artists on view. Nazik Dakkach, Sean D. Henry-Smith, Lindsay Nixon, and Leila Weefur will each contribute individual works, while Aruna D'Souza, Christina Sharpe, and Jennif(f)er Tamayo will contribute thematic essays. All of the writing will be co-published by contemptorary and the Wattis, and will appear on both organizations' websites.



contemptorary is an online arts publication edited by Eunsong Kim (b. 1984, Seoul), Gelare Khoshgozaran (b.1986, Tehran), and Palestinian writer and curator Nasrin Himada.

[ Image details: NIC Kay, Get Well Soon! (video still), 2017 ]