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Current #bitres Artist: Jay Roff-Garcia
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Current #bitres Artist: Jay Roff-Garcia

Jay Roff-Garcia

My name is Jay Roff-Garcia, I am an artist from Venezuela. I relocated to Texas in 2012 and am a dual-citizen of both countries. Since I began making art I have always found myself feeling like a channel. Reaching across sound, performance, video, sculpture and installation my artistic practice functions to translate personal experiences into new perspectives, new ways of thinking. Video installation and sound are used for their ephemeral potential to create multi-sensory experiences that emphasize the immaterial and the synesthetic. These mediums conjure sensations one could naturally associate with memories, emotions, or the surreal. Projection, audio samples and loops -- what I refer to as tools of perception -- are employed to highlight the poetic potential of space. With photography and video I am primarily concerned with using the camera as an archival device. This stems from my own fractured sense of time and memories. Videos, images, and sound recordings are edited and translated in order to construct a system of reference points in the otherwise flowing, oozing spaces of memory and perception.

The process of editing remains important as a means of exploring time; the subsequent translation is an attempt to materialize the grain and fabric of these spaces, to question what makes them up and what makes them important. Memory is a natural challenge, its nature is to fracture and twist time into a blur, always thirsting for some sort of confirmation. The remnants of moments past remain in still and moving images, sound recordings, relics, and a reliance on the ethereal. We use these materials to build. My questions are, how do we navigate this? And, how can one use these unstable materials to build something solid? I like to attempt a performance of translation. I gather, ritualize, chop up, and reorganize these remnants of moments past to reframe.

Instagram: @mugger404
Music: Mugger 404 Bandcamp, Hermit Kingdom Bandcamp, Hermit Kingdom Spotify

About #bitres:
As a means of expanding Co-Lab Project's programming into the digital realm, artist/curator Vladimir Mejia selects artists to participate in an Instagram hosted month-long residency. Artists are given full control of the @colabprojectsbitres Instagram account, and all images posted by the artist are categorized by hashtags representing the artist name in residency. Original concept by Sean Ripple.

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“A Land with No Name” :  Sara Madandar
to Oct 26

“A Land with No Name” : Sara Madandar

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A Land with No Name
Sara Madandar
October 5th-26th, 2019

Co-Lab Projects @ Springdale General
1023 Springdale Road, Suite 1B, Austin, TX 78721
Open Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5th, 7-11pm

A Land with No Name is a series that takes its inspiration from Persian history–in particular, how complex notions of gender and national identity changed in Iran between the 19th and 20th centuries. Afsaneh Najmabadi’s book Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards explores how, during the 19th centuries Qajar dynasty, Iran’s national identity was ambiguously gendered. This was a time in which women with mustaches were considered attractive and the emblem on the nation’s flag was a female lion. As the nation “modernized” into the 20th century, many of its symbols of national identity transitioned to more masculine forms–even the flag’s lioness was changed to a lion.

Exploring these historical transitions, A Land with No Name uses paintings to break down and reconfigure how we think of place, nation, identity, and gender. In this series, these transformations are represented by breaking down the canvas. In some paintings it is shredded and cut, in others burned and etched with a laser cutter. The destruction and remaking of materials have long been a key component of my artistic practice. The hand-made paper in this series is recycled from 2017 editions of the New York Times featuring headlines about Trump’s “Muslim ban.” Literally dissolving the news through this papermaking process reflects our current political reality—each new day brings dramatic news, however, the impact of these profound political events is quickly forgotten, making way for the next wave of increasingly shocking news.

Having moved from Iran to Texas for graduate school then again to New Orleans, my life has been one of major cultural transitions. Navigating through these cultures has caused me to reflect on the identity of place and ask how do we define a land? What do its borders mean? How do we change as we migrate across them? Recent geopolitical events have had a direct effect on my ability to move between cultures and has caused me to consider these questions. For instance—due to the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” and withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal my family is no longer able to visit me. From within this turmoil of these questions and circumstances I started imagining a free land, one with no names, borders, or flags. The land I imagine takes the shape of a woman’s body, my body, becoming my homeland. I imagined myself saying "I am from my own body, it is A Land with No Name.”

Sara Madandar is an Iranian multi-disciplinary artist based in the United States. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in painting from the Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran. Through a range of media such as painting, video, installation, and performance—Madandar explores migration and the human experience of living in between cultures. Her work uses the aesthetics of language, clothing, and bodies to study the complexities of cross-cultural experiences from a unique perspective. Madandar’s most recent accolades include an award from the Texas Visual Artists Association (TVAA) and an award from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) for an exhibition curated by Jessica Beck of the Andy Warhol museum. Sara’s work has been featured at Co-Lab Projects, Elga Wimmer PCC, New Orleans Museum of Art, Austin City Hall, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, Elisabeth Ney Museum, Mom Gallery, Courtyard Gallery, and the Asian American Resource Center.

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