de Young Museum of Fine Art
San Francisco, CA
March 2015 Artist-in-Residence
17 Seconds of Black
March 4 – 29, 2015
How do we live? We exist simultaneously between seconds that can be apocalyptic and graceful, minutes that are mediocre, and hours that stand still. History records these occurrences in ink, pressed between pages in books, placed above us, out of reach. But a tradition that relies on the mechanical application of time-recognition, and groups our experiences into singular episodes with no intersections cannot truly document our lives.
During his residency, Rodney Ewing questions, through text and works on paper, how we view time, memory, and history as linear and isolated constructs instead of concurrent moments. Days and Occasions will consist of text applied directly to walls with graphite. Each line of events/moments/observations is separated by increments of time that run parallel to each other to emphasize the analogous nature of our reality.
Days and Occassions was applied to a 180 foot roll of paper and wrapped around the walls with video screen displays. The works on paper functioned as a new screen, where images will be projected to interact with text, recording what happens between the minutes and seconds, the sublime to the ridiculous, the tragic and the beautiful, in order to create a more intimate account than what we are subjected to in our daily lives. Ewing thus created a specific site that has to be navigated both physically and conceptually.
Visitors were invited to contribute their own “Days and Occasions” by stenciling directly on the wall of the gallery. The goal of the project is to have a physical record of the simultaneous and overlapping nature of our mutual existence.
Rodney Ewing is a San Francisco-based artist. He received his BFA at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and his MFA at West Virginia University. His drawings, installations, and mixed media works focus on intersecting body and place, memory and fact, in order to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. His work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the University of San Francisco, Alter Space, Pro Arts Gallery, SomArts, ASC Projects, Root Division, Ictus Projects, de Saisset Museum, Frey Norris Gallery, Lisa Dent Gallery, Dog Patch Gallery, The African American Art and Cultural Complex, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Swarm Gallery, and Kala Art Institute, and nationally at The Drawing Center (New York), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles), Johnsonese Gallery (Chicago), Richmond Center for Visual Arts (Kalamazoo), Beta Pictoris Gallery (Birmingham), and Greymatter Gallery (Milwaukee).
The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums and provide exposure to emerging artists. The program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services/Museums for America. More here.