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.

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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 ]