Aljira Emerge 11: “I put this moment… here. I put this
moment… here. I put this moment… over here.”
|September 25 – December 20, 2014
About Aljira Emerge:
Aljira applauds the over 250 artists that make up the Emerge Community.
Emerge 11 Workshop Leaders: Alyson Pou, Ela Troyano, Colleen Keegan, Beverly McIver, Amy Smith, Jackie Battenfield, Dread Scott, Aaron Landsman and Edwin Ramoran
Emerge 11 Artists:
About the exhibition from curator Jorge Rojas:
This year’s EMERGE program participants all focus on making connections from specific aspects of their lives with the world around them. These relationships are numerous and diverse, including social, cultural, sexual, physical, spiritual, historical, architectural, environmental, and biological.
A few days after visiting the artists’ studios in preparation for this exhibit, I heard the song “Jig of Life” from Kate Bush’s 1985 album Hounds of Love. Toward the end of the track, the singer solemnly intones, “I put this moment… here. I put this moment… here. I put this moment… over here.”
These lyrics strike me as a wonderfully simple and poetic illustration of the way we selectively organize our memories and experiences; the lines point to the systems we construct to make sense of and archive our experiences. How we choose to make connections is examined and illuminated here in the works of these 21 artists, who deliberately juxtapose and cross-reference points of contact within their lives to different points outside.
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