Exhibition: Observatory

Posted: March 16th, 2022 | Author: | Filed under: exhibition, mfa-thesis, portals, Unknowing, winter | No Comments »


Observatory exhibition, Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada University, Nevada
January 2022
Mary Jeys and Sarah Logan

The work presented in Observatory was the first version of presenting from the archive of collected livestream videos. I presented a burning candle at a window at sunset on a TV monitor, a pot of water going from cold-poured to boiling on an iPad, and myself and my own watching and waiting on an iPhone. I installed a dorm room to call to the visitor’s mind and body an experience of watching and waiting at a networked happening in a site-specific sleeping quarters. I chose to perform toasting bread as an everyday activity that shifts bread or stale bread to palatable toast.

The work was available not only in the gallery, but also on Twitch whose daily active users spend an average of 95 minutes watching streamers stay at their camera for over 8 hours in any given day. The opportunity that I saw was to introduce my own artistic play into a place of durational long watching that might offer an introspective offering that could invite a togetherness across the experience of our screens.

I view this work as an invitation to consider our position of solo screen time as both a site of unknowing or otherspace that can invite or provoke emotional conditions for change within the visitor and to point to the place of online engagement as instructive in our solitude.


Untitled Portal, Candle
Video of recorded livestream, video monitor
Livestreamed October 18, 2021 TRT: 02:34:37


Untitled Portal, Pot
Video of recorded livestream, iPad
Livestreamed November 18, 2021 TRT: 00:17:27


Untitled Portal, Dorm
Furniture on loan from Housing Department: Bed, Sheets, Pillow, Desk; wallpaint, toaster, bread, plate, computer, webcam
The visitor was invited to watch livestream via the artist’s Twitch channel on their mobile device using a QR code.


Untitled Portal, Toast
Performance of toasting bread slices while livestreaming to artist’s Twitch channel.
Livestreamed on January 9 and 11, 2022


Untitled Portal, Toast
Finished performance with toasted bread loaf.
Livestreamed on January 9 and 11, 2022


Untitled Portal, Self
Splitscreen video of recorded livestream and screen recording of received livestream, iphone
Livestreamed December 5, 2021 TRT: 00:21:02


Drop in the Present
Mary Jeys and Sarah Logan
microscope, camera, artist saliva, computer, projector, artist’s open crate display
Livefeed from microscope of saliva from artist’s mouth on January 4, 2022.


ReGeneration Exhibition

Posted: December 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: curating, drawings, exhibition, fall, installation, neighborhood, residency, to do, Updates, watercolor, winter, works in progress | No Comments »


The ReGeneration Exhibition is up from November 30th, 2018 to February 16th, 2019.

I created and co-curated this six week residency and exhibition. See below for detail photos and curatorial statement. Click “read more” to see postcard invitation and more installation photos.

Opening Reception: November 30th, 2018 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 2-4pm
Closing Reception: February 16th, 2019 6-9pm


Tracey Rolandelli, Source (detail), Watercolor, Oil, and Pastel on Paper, 2018


Noga Wizansky, Recovery Still Life 4 (Support System (detail), Charcoal on Strathmore 400, 2018


Constance Moore, Inevitable Forms (detail), Felt, Glitter, Paper and Altered Table, 2018


Stephanie Potter Corwin, Circadian Echoes (detail), Dye-Sublimation Print on Aluminum, 2018


Kate Godfrey, Community (detail), Cotton Thread on Linen, 2018

Regeneration has an embedded notion of loss. Loss of limb, loss of life, loss of deadweight. In this residency, we considered the work of rebuilding artistic practice after having lost something. Many of us have experienced loss in our community, in our perception of safety, in political decency, and in our personal economics as independent creators. In this residency, we recombined our efforts, tackled our own challenges and met them with powerful regenerative forces.

For six Sundays in the fall, artists Autumn Bree, Kate Godfrey, Constance Moore, Stephanie Potter Corwin, Tracey Rolandelli and Noga Wizansky met as a group with curators Mary Jeys and Shoshana Zambryski Stachel to discuss topics brought forth in their proposed projects. Weekly discussions addressed issues of regeneration and process as they related to each artist’s practice.

Given the curators’ interests in artist/gift economies and community arts access, artists were also encouraged to create companion works available in the gift shop during the fall/winter season. All artworks are on sale — both gallery-installed and smaller companion works available in the shop.

ArtVale Gallery
3463 Champion St. Oakland, CA 94602
WEDS-FRI: 1-7PM SAT: 12-6PM
artvalegallery.com
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