Arseli Dokumaci

The Art of Zipping Up (2015)
Some Arms Carry Things. Some Arms Are Carried in Pockets (2015)
Fighting with Feathery Sheets and Fluffy Duvet (2015)

These drawings represent everyday experiences of an artist who has been living with rheumatoid arthritis since her teenage years. Over the course of 20 years, the disease has damaged a series of joints in her body. Pain and inflammation accompany the most mundane of her movements and gestures. Fatigue and side effects of medications are routine parts of life. None of her impairments are publicly recognized and duly accommodated, as she is not (yet) visibly disabled. Asking for a seat on the bus, for instance, turns into a thorough social negotiation, as does having to constantly remind people that she actually is disabled. Lacking visual signs of disability, she is often accosted for “evidence”—an authentication, a reminder of “her” disability. With these drawings, each of which describes the artist’s daily negotiations with pain, inflammation, and fatigue, she seeks to render visible what remains locked up within the boundaries of her skin. 

Arseli Dokumaci Performing Pain

Astri Swendsrud

This drawing is one of a series entitled Confetti Divinations and functions as a map for interpreting the positions of tossed confetti. It is part of a body of work that combines everyday party materials, such as birthday candles and confetti, with esoteric symbology and forms of ritual magic. The drawings, which visually echo sacred geometry charts or map orientation lines, rely on the inherently-ordering nature of geometry to imbue a sense of containment and order, while failing to provide a key to their interpretation. The star-shaped confetti sprinkled across them acts as a star-chart waiting for an astrological reading.

Confetti Divination (Pentagram), (2015), Graphite and confetti on paper

Ava Morton

Press and Release no. 1-5 (2017), 11 x 17 in. (series of 5 prints) 

This series of prints explores the tension between presence and absence. These prints oscillate between legibility and illegibility. The pressure of my hand inking the matrix parallels the pressure of the press inking the paper. Both mechanisms produce an image. In order to create the latter image on paper, the image on the matrix is removed. Identity circulates in different contexts, becoming more pronounced in some instances and receding in others. The prints create a narrative that attempts to decipher the relationship between marked identities housed in the same body.

 

Emergence and Transformation out of Linearity (2017)
Block ink prints
17 x 11 in. (Five prints)

Bill Anthes

Monkey Painting

An imagined primate protagonist, an amalgam of Kafka’s character Red Peter, and the chimpanzee subjects of experiments in artmaking and language usage, addresses his human interlocutors on the subjects of art, identity, and desire.

Monkey Painting (for Desmond Morris)
Red Peter, with assistance from B. Anthes

Hands me a thing
For to see what I will
Oh! Good monkey
Thing makes a shape
From my mind I distill
Oh! Good monkey

Undignified
To be speaking for me
Oh! Good monkey
Hear my address
To the academy
Oh! Good monkey

Exceptional primate
Create signifiers
Oh! Good monkey
Make shapes to show
What in my heart desires
Oh! Good monkey

Monkey Michelangelo
Imperfect metaphor
Isn’t what my art is for
Categories are all yours, doctor
Don’t call me monkey
I’m not your monkey

Carlin Wing

I read a news story that quoted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaking about an opinion he had written on disability as saying “twelve miles is twelve miles for everyone,” and thought, that is not true. Of course, it is true in the sense that a mile is a standard of measure. But it is not true experientially. The traversing of distance is always configured by matters of physical, political, economic and social capacities. When I went to make the piece, I looked for the article that prompted it. I couldn’t find it. Now I wonder if he ever said this sentence. I imagine him as someone who would have. This modest manifesto made out of masking tape patterned to look like measuring tape asks us to value experiential knowledge, to hold open its contradictions with standard measures, and to build our worlds in different ways than those championed by Antonin Scalia.

Twelve miles does not equal twelve miles (after Antonin Scalia) (2017), Digital print, 12 x 18 in.

Carrie Paterson

Let Them Eat Cake (2017-18)

Pencil on paper, cake

28 x 31 ½ in.

I’m a self-trained D.I.Y. engineer-of-sorts, an art-researcher, and inventor. In August of 2013 I was awarded my first US utility patent, No. 8,499,960 B2. It describes the integral storage container comprised of multiple, concentric, but independent glass spheres that was fabricated by my co-inventor, scientific glassblower Bob Maiden. The nexus between the disciplines of science, art, and engineering is where I do my work, both in writing and art. The artwork I make is conceptually driven, multidisciplinary and occasionally collaborative; this has included installation, performance, text, drawing, and experiential, multi-sensory works often using fragrance.

Catherine Long and Doran George

Manifesto Doran 1 and 2: Screenshots from Stalemate by Doran George. Summer Dancing 2009. Decoda. Coventry UK. Film by Barry Shils.

Manifesto 1 and 2. Original photos by Christian Kipp. Performance of Impasse by Catherine Long, choreographed by Doran George. Summer Dancing 2014. Decoda. Coventry UK. Images edited by Catherine Long