Friday, July 02, 2010

Jennifer Dalton @ The FLAG Art Foundation

We are simply thrilled to announce the opening of Jennifer Dalton's solo project MAKING SENSE at The FLAG Art Foundation, with their new (more summery) hours : Tuesday - Friday, 12pm-5pm. Here's the scoop on Jen's project:
Like an archaeologist of the present-day, Jennifer Dalton collects and examines cultural information, organizes and evaluates this information according to her own personal criteria, and then displays her findings. These displays take the form of drawings, photographs or sculptural installations consisting of assembled or handmade objects. In Making Sense, she analyzes the cultural institutions Facebook, the New Yorker, and Artforum, testing her own biases and hypotheses and applying taxonomies where they might not be expected. Her process is quasi-scientific, at the intersection where apparently objective data encounters low-tech and personal methods and conclusions.
Many of you will likley find yourselves reflected in Jen's new Facebook piece, a 15-foot drawing titled "What Are We Not Shutting Up About?" It's perhaps her most ambitious project yet in which she, in her own words "obsesses on and statistically analyzes Jerry Saltz's Facebook page entries as the catalyst for what has become a hotbed of cultural production and discussion." Here's a description of how the project was conceived and just a snippet of what she found:
She analyzed the period from January 1, 2010 through May 31, 2010 (5 months). She color-coded all Jerry's posts by subject topic so one can see which topics tended to generate the most responses and the most "likes". The 2 posts that went through the roof with over 800 responses were on two of the more "bland" seeming subject topics: "old dead artists" (a post on Picasso's auction sale) and "art in general" (a post on the best artists' names).

There were over 155,000 words published in response to Jerry's posts during this time. From the 5 months of comments, Jen then concentrated on January's approximately 20,000 words and a few of the things she gleaned from them were that:

- more men than women posted responses
- the word "disagree" is used 9 times more often than the word "agree"
- 5 of Jerry's "friends" post almost 20% of all the responses
Also part of the exhibition is an update of Jen's signature piece "What Does An Artist Look Like? (Every Photograph of an Artist to Appear in the New Yorker Magazine 1999-2001)." Presenting just the 1999 photographs and the newly mined 2009 ones, and continuing to arrange the artists by discipline within a scale ranging from "genius" at one end to "pin-up" at the other, Jen set out to learn how much (or little) has changed over the past decade. Both a look at how our cultural icons are marketed and sold back to us as celebrities AND a cataloging of the disparities by gender and artistic fields in how seriously artists are taken, WDAALL? is the piece that made me fall in love with Jen's work and remains as engrossing to me today as it was when I first saw it in her studio nearly 10 years ago. It's simply fabulous.

And there are other surpsises, but I'll let you discover those for yourself. I hope you can make it.

Also part of the Summer line-up at FLAG are projects by our good friend Robert Lazzarini (Yo, Robert! Bambino wants a ping-pong rematch!) and Noriko Ambe. Don't miss it!
The FLAG Art Foundation
545 WEST 25TH STREET, 9TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10001

June 30, 2010 - September 10, 2010
Tuesday - Friday, 12-5 pm

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Bernard Klevickas said...

Congratulations Jen!
I look forward to seeing the show.

7/02/2010 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's one of my favorite artists, have two of her pieces. Looking forward to seeing this new show.

----ondine nyc

7/02/2010 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Cedric C said...

I know where all the women are. I participate in a couple health-related forums. I'm like the only man there.



Cedric C

7/02/2010 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous John Legweak said...

Thanks for pointing out Jennifer Dalton. Her work sounds absolutely wonderful to me. I’m a sucker for any art that has charts and graphs. :)

I’ve been following the Jerry Show on FB since around the time WOA began. He really is a phenom. I wonder what it's all about. Maybe a case of delayed onset midlife crisis?

7/02/2010 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Franklin said...

When I was giving my talk at #class, Jen, in defiance of some point I was making to the contrary, insisted that she cares about how her work looks. Someone in attendance pointed out to me later that a couple of conceptualists had invited me to upbraid conceptualism, and then no one in the room would admit to being a conceptualist. It was the No True Scotsman in reverse.

Later it occurred to me that there's a difference between caring about your presentation and making art for visual reasons. I don't think it critiques Jen's work to say that she's doing the former and not the latter. In fact I doubt a critique is welcome here. Consider this instead a belated reply to Jen.

7/02/2010 09:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turns out that the people behind "Younger Than Moses" are kids themselves....their artistic experience adds up to playing at daddy's gallery and putting on an after-school show in an unheated warehouse. Their choice of art makes Miles on Next Great Artist look like genius.

Benrimon Contemporary is both hypocritical + sad.

7/07/2010 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous John Legweak said...

Couldn't figure out how to share it but Jerry makes this comment on something on his wall:

Jerry Saltz: The Nine Lush Life Gallery openings on Thursday:
(I know that I will attempt to go to Chapters 4, 7, & 9; and will also try to check out the Jennifer Dalton 'Jerry Saltz Facebook deconstruction' at Flag Foundation)


Do any of you know Ward Shelley? Jennifer Dalton's work reminds me a little of his. I had a chance to talk to him last winter and he described himself as "very analytical". I think of that as unusual for an artist but maybe it's not all that unusual.

7/07/2010 09:29:00 AM  

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