The Installation of Derivative Presence

Installing Derivative Presence

Art for Art’s Sake has been taken down, boxed up, and sent back to Los Angeles. Look on the Barrick Facebook page and you’ll see a photograph of Billie Weisman herself in the back of a truck next to a crate of something huge.

I was somewhere around the middle of that last paragraph when Javier Sanchez and Yasmina Chavez arrived with boxes and tools to set up their new sound installation in the Xeric Garden. This is the description from the flyer —

Derivative Presence will run in two locations for the duration of the exhibit. Randomly searched and found youtube videos of people communicating directly to their audience will be exhibited inside TastySpace Gallery (May 23 – June 21) as an invasive spatial installation. The original sound corresponding to those videos will fill the Xeric Garden environment at the Marjorie Barrick Museum (May 5 – June 21) creating an isolating sound experience.”

They have settled their tools on a bench and the tree outside the office window is howling MATCHMAKER MATCHMAKER MAKE ME A MATCH in a disembodied child’s falsetto. In other news, the artist Lex Brown will “discuss her experience at Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument as well as her own artistic practice,” at the Barrick on Wednesday May 7th from six to eight. Private/Public is still running, of course, and the curator Emmanuel Ortega continues to offer free tours in English or Spanish every Thursday afternoon between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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