Stikman and EKG: “Interference Eliminator”, a Scrolling Zine

Stikman and EKG share a couple of traits besides both of them being very active on the streets. Neither are fans of big showy displays -both use small gestures, often cryptic, appearing in unusual places that poke out as you walk by.

You’ll see the orange line-based “energy wave” signal of EKG tracking the pulse of the city across a surface inches above the sidewalk as you walk and instinctively know it is the heartbeat of the street that is being recorded and displayed. Similarly the crush of people that push and pull against you while you walk on a busy street can fall to a faint murmur when you see a little Stikman, inches tall, glued to a lamp post or smashed into the asphalt. Neither artists are talking, but you just know they are saying something.

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Stikman . EKG (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The secrecy and mystery of both artists only compounded when we discovered a serendipitous collaboration of the two late last year : an actual scroll containing collage, stamps, doodles, symbols, and snatched phrases from the times, or Times. EKG toils in the fields of scientific and sociologic symbols – sound waves and transmissions and such that remind of radio towers, transistors, hi/lo tek Kraftwerk visuals. Combined with Stikman’s silent little imperfect and rigid man tumbling through the air and imagery from the artists’ curiosity for flea market finds and mid-century spaceman, this custom scroll feels like something you will need a decoder for.

Tell us if you figure out what they are saying as you scan across this old player-piano music roll (Verdi’s Angelus), which we hear took several months to create. It’s an odd twist on the zine theme, but you would expect nothing less from a collaboration of these two.

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Stikman . EKG (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman . EKG (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman . EKG (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman . EKG (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman . EKG . Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman . EKG . Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman . EKG . Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman . EKG . Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman . EKG . Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

This Friday you can also check out the new solo show by EKG at Skewville Laboratories in Long Island City:

An All Hallows’ Valentine’s Eve Celebration of Misfit Love, Mutant Science and Aesthetic Rebellion.

Friday The 13th, February, 2015

 

 

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