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BSA Film Friday: 04.21.23

BSA Film Friday: 04.21.23

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening:

2. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map via Guggenheim Museum

3. TENS Crew – The Molson Project via Spray Daily

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Horror, fluorescence, biting parody, and flirting with futuristic horror! What’s not to love?

Bill Dunleavy, writing in Juxtapoz, says, “The exhibition is BAER’s first solo foray to bring his unique style of world building to an exhibition format, as all the amazing work he’s created to date has been free, illegal, and often temporary, as it appears in public spaces. BAER’S genius as a conceptual artist is evident throughout the exhibition, as there are at least five exhibitions worth of concepts packed into this debut showcase. It could be said that the ‘Devil is in the details’ when it comes to GARBAGE FUTURISM, literally. “


A brilliant and poised presentation of the artist at this moment, this video very quickly introduces the artist, and examines her motivations, history, and aspiration. It also reveals her commitment to her work.

“Being indigenous and making art means that you are looking at the world through the lenses that are curved or changed by your upbringing and by your worldview. As indigenous people we always get together and talk amongst ourselves about how we can change things or make things better and how we can put messages out there; ‘Don’t take more than you need’ should be our motto.

The same thing is true about what I put in the paintings – here I showed the American map I’m putting my Heritage in there.

When I was younger I never could envision this happening at the Whitney, never. I never let myself think that far.

It doesn’t matter what my age is it’s what I’m engaged with in my practice, and I would say I am right now and then take advantage of every opportunity that I can get to demonstrate that time is fleeting and we don’t know where things are going to be 10 years from now so I don’t really concentrate on that I just concentrate on making work that counts for something.

I think I’m a pretty lucky person, a lucky duck I am.”

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map via Guggenheim Museum

You see the name of the video and think, “Oh no, not another corporate brand slathering themselves with anti-social subcultural aerosol edginess”. Thankfully, it’s something else entirely. When you reflect upon the angles and the storytelling, it is about transgressive athleticism and claiming territory and public space, competition among peers, and giving the finger to authority. It is also tapping into a love of letters, type, fonts, and placement. Dude, it’s complex.

TENS Crew – The Molson Project via Spray Daily

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