In order to make a version, aversion of a version of my one-liner review, I deemed it appropriate for appropriated appropriation: irony is about humour and serious play. it is also a rhetorical strategy and a political method … - Donna Haraway, cyborg manifesto
topdown bottomup presents
with kate barbaria, nelly césar, evan french, and you
June 22- July 10
“the reason i’m painting this way is because i want to be a machine.” because i want to be a factory. an assembly line of readymades: appropriated garments and regurgitated texts. words from conversations, from jokes, from art, lectures, fiction, facebook, feminist theory, politics, film, self sabotage, scrutiny, music. and a different t-shirt. everyday. for three hundred and eighty two consecutive days. a daily dance; an exercise; a hyperbole; an open door. phenomena of transmutation.
come. loan a t-shirt (more than one hundred and sixty models currently available) and leave the shirt off your back (a stand in, a stunt double – a placeholder in the archive).
make a version, and a version, and aversion of yourself.
vancouver-based artists nelly césar, evan french, and somewhat-nomadically-based artist kate barbaria will intervene with or borrow from the project during the show’s two week duration.
possibly-cheeky, post-media, project-driven-artist sophia bartholomew is recently undergraduated from ubc’s visual arts program. she is a fiction in the way that every name is a fiction. she is an imposter in her own role.
Artist Statement: in part, the project has been a provisional model for conceptualizing theories of subjectivity and social relations, with a particular interest in judith butler’s emphasis on identity as “constructing” rather than constructed (a continuous performative act rather than a predetermined fact).
as an extended act of material consumption, aversion is also a means to investigate a cultural climate in which incessant consumption is ‘individualized’ and thought to define us as subjects, almost exclusively: hoping hyperbole will highlight the absurdity of this ideology.
through the project’s physical archive – from which t-shirt ‘documents’ can be loaned, ‘viewer-generated content,’ and collaboration with other artists, the project seeks to remain open to interpretation and appropriation.
to access the archive, contact me at bartholomew.sophia at gmail.com. if you loan a shirt from the archive, you can contribute photos to the online archive here.
” irony is about contradictions that do not resolve into larger wholes, even dialectically, about the tension of holding incompatible things together because they both are necessary and true. irony is about humour and serious play. it is also a rhetorical strategy and a political method … ” (donna haraway, cyborg manifesto)