Solo Exhibition: MAKE ME CHANGE ME

at Recology AIR Gallery
Jan 22nd 5-10pm, 23rd 1-3pm, and 26th 5-7pm*
503 Tunnel Ave, San Francisco CA

*Tour with the artists at 6pm

PRESS RELEASE

Recology Artist in Residence Program presents “MAKE ME CHANGE ME”, an exhibition of works created during my four month stay at the recycling center. During my residency, I have had access to a large warehouse called the public disposal area, where SF residents pay to dispose of household goods, construction materials, and business and electronic waste.

I Could Not Find Alpha

“I Could Not Find Alpha”, HD Video with Florentina Mocanu, 2015

The centerpiece of my exhibition is a series of videos featuring performers and non-performers reading found texts in fantastical environments made from found materials. I will also be showing a series of sculptures that distort reflections and lightpaths.

Also on view are an immersive wunderkammer installation by Alison Pebworth and light-based works by Robb Godshaw.

I hope you will join us for the short run of the show!

 

Exhibition: Resonate, Root Division’s Inaugural

at Root Division
September 12 – 26, 2015
Opening Reception: September 12, 2015, 7:00–11:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00–6:00 PM

This exhibition opens Root Division’s brand new 3-floor studio and exhibition building on Mission Street. The news that Root Division has been successful not only in securing a new location but raising the funds for a full renovation (just over $800,000 at last notice) has been so exciting. Hundreds of artists have found community in Root Division’s expansive programming, and the new building easily doubles the capacity for studio artists and exhibition space.

tunnel

For the inaugural exhibition “Resonate”, curators Amy Cancelmo and Dana Hemenway have asked a range of artists and art collectives to exhibit works that focus on community engagement and interactivity. I have been commissioned to make a new sculptural work, Tunnel. This installation is an elongated tent-like geometric form, with an interior of water, light and mirrors that creates a reflective space for the viewer. Sitting on a giant douglas fir stump, the viewer sees a series of reflections of her face that are mediated by water.

I’m so excited to be included in this exhibition alongside projects by Amy Ellingson, Kevin Chen, JD Beltran and Scott Minneman, Stephanie Syjuco, and many more great artists.

If you miss the opening, don’t miss the exhibition audio tour by the notorious Congratulations Pine Tree. CPT is a podcast by Kate Rhodes and Maysoun Wazwaz, and for this exhibition they interviewed every artist in the show (I tell a ghost story). Check out their podcast here.

Blog: Performance On the Road

With the support of the Fleishhacker Foundation I spent the temperamental month of July driving across the US, along the north to the Minnesota boundary waters, through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, through Chicago to the Black Hills, Yellowstone, the Nevada desert and back. I packed my car with film gear, drove 4 hours a day and stopped frequently, taking notes on landscapes for potential projects and making performance sketches. At night I was shooting a new video piece–its still fresh and I’m not ready to share it yet, but here are some stills from daytime experiments.

Duet with forklift, MN

Duet with forklift, MN

Economic Recovery Act, WI

Economic Recovery Act, WI

Leaping into the mirrored lake at the base of the mountain

Leaping into the mirrored lake at the base of Bald Mountain, WY

Beacon

Explorers over the last three centuries have navigated dark sea waters aided by a sextant, which bounces light off of two mirrors. Beacon employs mirrors and water to create reflections inspired by the idea of the night-traveler, a person for whom getting lost in the landscape can be a revelation of the self. Small groups joined Barber to hike out from the dramatic mountain landscape of the Santa Cruz Mountains, arriving at a redwood grove along Harrington Creek at nightfall. The audience members were then guided to the installation in complete darkness and one at a time; laying on a reclining bench above a pool of water, lights were brought up to illuminate his or her face. There are 24 reflections, half above and half below the water. Each is in fact a double reflection, bouncing off both mirror and water, and thus showing the viewer a vision of the self as others see her.

The journey to encounter this piece––the downward slope of the hillside, the rolling fog, the owls hunting from the trees––is integral to the experience of self-reflection.

This work was created while in at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Special thanks to Margot Knight, Tom Shean, Celia Olsen and Alice Marshall.

Beacon
Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside CA
2015

The Marvelous Real

  • Bring to Mind (detail), 2014

The Marvelous Real / Lo Real Maravilloso is a project and exhibition by Jeremiah Barber and Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Bridging narrative storytelling with visual art, Rojas and Barber collaborate around themes present in both their works — the absence of the body, extrasensory occurrences in the everyday, memory displaced by time, and the nature of belief. The Marvelous Real is an observational portrayal of fervent belief in dramatically different backgrounds — Rojas’ grandfather was a medicine man in Colombia and Barber’s father was a pastor in the American midwest. Through video, sculpture, and artist books the exhibition features new works and highlights selections from their ten year collaboration.The Marvelous Real was curated by Sanaz Mazinani and presented at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco in spring of 2015. With the support of a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the artists hosted several workshops to teach codex-accordion bookmaking.

The Marvelous Real
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco CA
2015

Event: Beacon @ Djerassi

While in residency at Djerassi’s AIR, I developed a site-specific work meant to be seen in complete darkness. Beacon is installed along the Harrington Creek in a redwood grove, a half-hour hike out from Djerassi’s headquarters. This summer there will be several guided tours to view the piece. Each meets at Djerassi at 8:15pm. Reservations are extremely limited. Contact me directly for a reservation in May. Tickets for June hikes will be available through the Djerassi website.

DATES
May 26th
May 28th
June 12th
June 17th

viewer at the site-specific installation beacon

Explorers over the last three centuries have navigated dark sea waters aided by a sextant, which bounces light off of two mirrors. In Beacon, artist Jeremiah Barber uses reflection to create an installation inspired by the night-traveler, a person for whom getting lost in the landscape can be a revelation of the self. Built over the course of a month at Djerassi’s Resident Artist Program, the audience encounters Beacon in complete darkness and one at a time. Small groups join Barber to hike out from the dramatic mountain landscape of the Santa Cruz Mountains, arriving at a redwood grove along Harrington Creek. The journey to encounter this piece––the downward slope of the hillside, the rolling fog, the owls hunting from the trees––is integral to the experience of self-reflection. Barber’s work is an intimate encounter, drawing on external forces, reversing internal emotion, and providing an unseen perspective of the self.

Blog: Stick and Rock Steadicam

Just before I left my home in San Francisco to embark on a month-long artist residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I decided I would need a steadicam to shoot a project. As is my custom before purchasing equipment of any kind these days, I started on Instructables and after a number of hours stumbled into this wormhole. WSCLATER is making some rad camera balancing mechanisms (just look at the wind rudder!). Some are calling these amazing projects over-produced, which I suppose is the same ethos that made me think I could make a camera stabiliser from the fruit of nature’s bounty. And so my first order of business in the Santa Cruz mountains was to find some well curved sticks.

I present the Stick and Rock Steadicam (with apologies to WSCLATER):

Djerassi phase two, the Stick and Rock Steadicam. #djerassiair #steadicam #meansofproduction

A video posted by Jeremiah (@buckar0ni) on

I was also working on some underwater microphones for another project:

Djerassi phase one complete. Hydrophones built and tested in the studio. #djerassiair

A video posted by Jeremiah (@buckar0ni) on

Of course I didn’t get around to recording with my tinkerings. Need another residency to do that.

Review: “The Marvelous Real”

We’ve received some great coverage for Ingrid Rojas Contreras and my 2-person exhibition, “Lo Real Maravilloso / The Marvelous Real”:

hyperallergic
The Intimate Dynamics of a Two-Person, One-Couple Show
by Thea Quiray Tagle
February 24, 2015
“It is this element of intense intimacy […] that is the most mysterious, and the most marvelous, to bear witness to.”
artpractical
(Im)materiel and The Marvelous Real
by Lea Feinstein
February 17, 2015
“Their endeavors memorably evoke worlds we cannot see…”
sfweekly
Real, Marvelous and Very Personal
by Jonathan Curiel
January 29, 2015
“Rojas and Barber place one foot in the past and one foot in the absolute present.”

Event: Summer Screenings of Dreamburn

SOMArts Night Light Garden Party
Saturday, July 19, 9pm–midnight
934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th), San Francisco
$12 admission

Nightlife at the Academy
Thursday, August 7, 6pm-10pm
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
$12 admission. Advance tickets available through Eventbrite.

More information available here.

 

This summer you can catch screenings of the video of Dreamburn at two San Francisco venues. Nightlife is a confluence of art, music and interactive exhibits that is hosted at the California Academy of Sciences. And the annual SOMArts Night Light Garden Party is a one night exposition of projection, video and performance. Curated by Justin Hoover and Elia Vargas, this exhibition includes works by Paul Clipson, Gail Dawson, and Xandra Ibarra and live performances by Jen Cohen, Pamela Z, and many more. More info here. Advance tickets guarantee entry: http://nightlightparty.eventbrite.com

 

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Other Half Orbit

In 2007 my partner, the writer Ingrid Rojas Contreras, was struck by a car on the way to pick up her wedding dress, three days before our wedding. She suffered a concussion and temporary amnesia. This incident became the inspiration for our collaborative work Other Half Orbit.

The installation consists of a large reflecting pool with built-in topographies to hold our bodies horizontally at exactly half-submersion. The images of our bodies become completed by reflection, and a secondary reflection of our shadows is cast on the wall. In the performance, we host an unscripted conversation about Ingrid’s memory loss, dreams, identity, and the possibility that we may never know one another fully.

Performance collaboration with Ingrid Rojas Contreras, 85 minutes
Southern Exposure, San Francisco CA
2014

Video: Rory Fraser and Christian Gainsley
Sound: Elisabeth Kohnke
Photographs: Catherine McElhone and Jamil Hellu