Location One
CLOSURE

CLOSURE
Works by Clare Stephenson and Jesse Jones
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Opening Reception 6–8pm
Free and Open to the Public

Location One presents work by two artists from this year's International Residency Program. Made on location in Ballymun swimming pool in February 2008 as part of the exhibition, Art in the Life World, The 16-mm film Zarathustra, depicts a performance by The Artane Boys Band. The Band play Strauss’s "Zarathustra", echoing Kubrick’s 1968 score from the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film’s release date in April 1968, makes a historical parallel to the launch of the iconic modernist housing project, Ballymun. The film Zarathustra aims to create a parallel between the popular consciousness of this moment and the political undercurrent to it’s ensuing future. The Artane boys band also echo a moment of a militaristic nostalgia and how it has assimilated itself into our culture. This is further questioned by the fact that the band, a famed Dublin marching band that comes from a long-standing tradition of young male marching bands is now almost half female. Zarathustra plays on the sedimentation of historical forces into our culture and questions how the site of leisure such as a swimming pool or marching band are haunted with political ideology.

Our-Lady-of-the-Conscious-Optics is a collaged figure with a single blank eye, a giant coiffure and a dress of enlarged benday dots. The title - a camp inversion of Benjamin's notion of 'Unconscious Optics' - archly proclaims its own superficiality while throwing focus onto its production. The image has previously appeared in scrambled form on large venetian blind structures, suggesting a blinking eye trying to grasp an object, and on miniature Duchampian versions of these. This exhibition features fragments of these sculptures and new related collage works.

Clare Stephenson is based in Glasgow. Her solo exhibitions include 'She-who-Presents' at Spike Island, Bristol in 2009, 'Parole Vaine' at Linn Lühn, Cologne in 2008 and 'Bandaged Heads' at Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow in 2007. She collaborated with Alex Pollard on "The Dirty Hands' at the CCA in Glasgow in 2009 and 'Four Fatrasies' at The Pumphouse Gallery, London in 2010. In 2009 her work was featured in 'Being & Nothingness' at Light & Sie in Dallas, 'Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Contemporary Drawings Collection' at MoMA and most recently in 'Alpha &' at On Stellar Rays, New York. She is currently showing in 'Newspeak: British Art Now' at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Her residency is sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council.

Jesse Jones was born in 1978 in Dublin, Ireland, and is a graduate of the National College of Art & Design (BA, 2002), and the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design (MA, 2005). She has held solo exhibitions throughout the U.K.; and has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, such as I Have Doubts, Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest, Romania (2009); Ubersong, Plan 9, Bristol, UK (March 2009); Historians of the Present 2, Ghost of Buildings, Blancpain Art Contemporain, Geneva (2009); Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (2008), with upcoming exhibitions including Red Thread (2009, TANAS, Berlin), and The 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009). Jones’s residency at Location One is sponsored by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Irish American Cultural Institute.

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Media Contact: For further information on this exhibition or Location One, or for images or interviews, please contact Cody Montgomery at 212-334-3347 or cody@location1.org



Location One is extremely grateful to The New York State Council on the Arts, The Scottish Arts Council, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Irish American Cultural Institute for making this exhibition and the residencies of the participating artists possible. Special thanks to Media Sponsor One Art World.com

ABOUT LOCATION ONE

Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.