Join us at Catharine Clark Gallery on Saturday, July 19 for the closing of Incarnate. Special live performance by John Slepian from 4 – 6 pm.
A Really Great Idea is a humorous conceptual performance/installation work, inspired by early Conceptual Art, that literally makes the thinking of the artist visible. Using a hacked brain wave sensor toy, John Slepian uses only his thoughts to fade on and off a lightbulb positioned over his head. In form, the piece refers to much of the highly influential performance and video work of the mid-1960s-1970s in which simple actions undertaken by the artists were structured in order to make a piece (Bruce Nauman, Marina Abromović and Ulay, Tehching Hsieh) and/or the idea alone was the piece (Lawrence Weiner,Yoko Ono). How would, or could, work like this function in our age of instant technological gratification? A Really Great Idea is an absurdist proposal for a contemporary technological “art of ideas.”
Slepian’s artwork has been shown at P.S.1/MoMA and Hunter College Art Galleries in New York, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Axiom Gallery, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, and the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, and the Re-New Digital Art Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as elsewhere in U.S and internationally. He exhibits with Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and is a member of the COLLISIONCollective in Boston. He was a resident in the P.S.1 National Studio Program in 2002-2003, and in 2005-2006 was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in Computer Arts. Slepian graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 with an MFA in New Genres, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Hampshire and Smith Colleges in Western Massachusetts. John Slepian lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.
A Really Great Idea was performed earlier this year at Mobius in Boston and in Long Island City through chashama. Additional performances in Midtown Manhattan and the Times Square area through chashama and in Chicago at Defibrillator Gallery.
Catharine Clark Gallery
San Francisco, CA 94103