HEADSPACE
January 21-25, 2019, California Institute of the Arts
(Left to right)
Installation views from front and rear.

Luke Harnden and Lucas Lacámara

Untitled, 2019

mirrors, light, steel, wood, variable dimensions

Taehee Kim and Alexander Rafalovich

Metatitle, 2019

artificial intelligence, projector, brick, resin

variable dimensions

Courtney Coles

There's Power in Looking Back

3 polaroids, frame, 8 x 10"

Antoine Midant and Philipp Farra

Conversation 1, 2019

UHD video, 65 minutes 37 seconds

printed text on 8.5 x 11” paper

Antoine Midant

Alex Rafalovich’s apartment in Hawaii, 2012, 2019

inkjet print, 24 x 36”

Alexander Rafalovich

Recursion, 2019

tempera paint and dirt on unbleached muslin, rope

10 x 40’

Minsu Kang

Untitled, 2019, F/F, M/M jumper wires on canvas, 12 x 12 x .5”

Untitled, 2019, F/F jumper wires on canvas, 12 x12 x .5”

Untitled, 2019, canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5”

Siheun Kim

Flexible Body

HD video, variable dimensions

Justin Serulneck

mapping conversations, 2019

drawing, 18 x 24"

Justin Serulneck

headspace poster, 2019

poster, 8.5 x 11"

Project Summary

The goal of Headspace was to initiate a collaborative art project which would encourage dialogue and expansion of practice through the production of individual artworks amongst a group of self-selected MFAs who would graduate in May 2019.  In response to an open call I had initiated, the form of the project was decided through creative collaboration in a first meeting on October 26, 2018 by myself, Serena Himmelfarb, Nicholas Angelo, and Philipp Farra.  The larger group of participating artists situated their artworks into an installation in January 2019 in a manner whereby artists’ interests were mapped. My role was that of the cartographer and my contribution was in the form of initiation of the project and the mapping that the group collaboratively produced.  I managed the process of the project and I documented the final installation.  

The project took place in four phases.  

Initiation.  In origins, each participating artist contributed documentation and descriptive text of an existing artwork by that artist as a starting place for dialogues to take place.  All participants will had access to the artworks and descriptions.  

Phase I.  In conversations, each participant selected the work of at least one other artist to open a dialogue with concerning the work which had some sort of resonance with interests or practice and conversations between artists took place.

Phase II.  In production, each participant constructed an artwork inspired by, in dialogue with, or in response to at least one of the meetings had by that participant with at least one of the other artist participants.  We thus worked to expand our practices through understanding the interests and artistic concerns of others. 

Phase III.  In mapping, the group considered the newly produced artworks and dialogued concerning themes.  I created a map of relations between artists and artworks in the form of a drawing, and the group used this to install the artworks in space.  The project was installed in C113 on January 21-25, 2019