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'Object Oriented Apology'
Falke Pisano, Henrik Plenge Jacobsen, Sondra Perry, Babak Golkar and Whitman Young 
curated by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas: Institute for New Connotative Action (INCA)
October 2 - 31, 2015
Reception: First Friday, October 2nd 6 - 10 PM

 This October Grizzly Grizzly is thrilled to host “Object Oriented Apology,” an exhibition of international artists curated by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, the artist duo behind INCA: Institute for New Connotative Action. This multi-disciplinary exhibition –featuring Falke Pisano (Berlin), Henrik Plenge Jacobsen (Copenhagen), Sondra Perry (Harlem), Babak Golkar (Vancouver) and Whitman Young (LA)­– is a part of Alternative Currencies, a Philadelphia-based project that gathers independent contemporary arts groups from around the country to share their innovative modes of working.
More information about INCA and the artists here.

Object Oriented Apology is composed of works by artists who will have solo shows at INCA in the near future. The framework for the exhibition was developed in parallel with the debut publication of INCA Press: "Forms of Education: Couldn't Get a Sense of It" expected Winter 2015.

Curator statement:

You think a great deal about the improvement of youth?
-Yes, I do.
Tell the judges, then, who is their improver...
-The laws.
But that, my good sir, is not my meaning. I want to know who the person is, who, in the first place, knows the laws.
-The judges, Socrates, who are present in court.
What do you mean to say, Meletus, that they are able to instruct and improve youth?
-Certainly they are.
What, all of them, or some only and not others?
-All of them.
By the goddess Here, that is good news! There are plenty of improvers, then. And what do you say of the audi-
ence, - do they improve them?
-Yes, they do.
And the senators?
-Yes, the senators improve them.
But perhaps the members of the citizen assembly corrupt them? - or do they too improve them?
-They improve them.
Then every Athenian improves and elevates them; all with the exception of myself; and I alone am their corrupter?
Is that what you affirm?
-That is what I stoutly affirm."

-Apology By Plato

    Sondra Perry, Authentic Columbia University T- Shirt
Union made in the USA, hand drawn, Columbia University t-shirt, size M.
    Sondra Perry sold from 3:15 to 4 PM on Sunday November 16, 2014, union made, hand drawn, Columbia university t-shirts between Prentis Hall and the Columbia University Manhattanville expansion.
She writes: "Why spend your hard earned coins on Columbia merchandise made in factories by exploited workers (eww!)? All of my shirts are union made right here in the USA with hand drawn text by me, your fav, Sondra Perry! Priced only 1 cent above labor and material costs at $22.21, you too can #repsomeprivilege in a comfy and soft white tee without enduring the skyrocketing costs of higher education."
Remade for INCA and Grizzly Grizzly, 2015
    Whitman Young,Master
DSM vinyl hood and mortarboard graduation hat. Life-size.
    When asked to describe his work Whitman simply replied "I dunno, you tell me."
    Whitman Young, Creative Cut
Spray paint on carpet removed from the University of California. 5 x 9ft
    Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, 0 and O
Gouaches on paper, 14 x 18 inches each
    This work summons opposites: squat vs. tall, letter vs. numeral, language vs. mathematics, humanities vs. science, the endless symbolism of the oval shape vs. the functional precision of typography. Jakobsen painted them by hand using designer's gouache, a meditative labor that slows the print command of computer design.
    Babak Golkar, '...To A Degree…' and 'Dream No.1 ( )'

This is one iteration of an ongoing series of works titled The Return Project (ongoing since 2014). How it works:

Each work in this project is produced by following a specific procedure: Golkar purchases a cheap domestic object—a candle, an African mask, a small carpet, a picture frame—at a retail chain such as Walmart or IKEA. Without disturbing the barcode that tracks it in the store’s inventory, the object is photographed, substantially altered, re-photographed and returned to the shop it was purchased from, where it will be re-shelved and presumably purchased once again. Each of the returned items is authenticated as a work of art, as Golkar signs the modified object and includes a small note for the new owner stating: “This is to authenticate this object as a unique work of art.” For exhibition purposes, the life-sized before-and-after photographs, along with an article fabricated from “surplus” material removed from the original object, are installed in the gallery space.

The leftover cut-off pieces from the reconstruction process are reassembled to form a residual collaged object to accompany the diptych. As a rule, each return object is autonomous and examines a unique subject each time

    Babak Golkar, Dream No.1 ( )
    Walmart sample degree paper folded into a yacht origami, two miniature figures, glass, wood, rope.
    Babak Golkar, Detail of the Diptych: ...To A Degree…
    Walmart diploma frame’s content replaced by a replica of the artist’s Bachelor diploma and returned to Walmart.
Transmounted lightjet print mounted on dibond. 13x17 inches each.
    Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics
Prints on archival paper, 11x17 inches each
    Commonly regarded as the universal and foundational language of science, mathematics is generally considered a value-free discipline. It is taught as a global language in classrooms, used in transnational financial markets, and streamlines the technological military complex. This concept of mathematics has an historical beginning inthe sixteenth century Renaissance, and Galileo’s efforts to make it the “language of the natural world,” applying it to problems that prior to that were explained through Aristotelian natural philosophy. Yet the notion of mathematics as a disinterested and neutral science has been challenged by critical educators, philosophers, science historians and to some extent within the discipline itself. These efforts show that there are several conceptions of mathematics that vary from the dominant, global one. While some emphasize the differences in cultural constructions of mathematics (and therefore advocate for the introduction of a variety of approaches in learning situations), others look at the dominant mathematics as a science that in and of itself is a result of cross-cultural pollination, and is inherently dialogical.
(Falke Pisano’s work is mounted on “Circulate White Retro Orb Wallpaper”, made in England.)
    Installation overview:
'Object Oriented Apology'
Falke Pisano, Henrik Plenge Jacobsen, Sondra Perry, Babak Golkar and Whitman Young 
curated by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas: Institute for New Connotative Action (INCA)

INCA is a non-profit artist-run space directed and curated by artist duo Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas.  The space was located in Detroit [2011-2014] and Seattle [2013-present.]  In 2015 Bergman and Salinas founded INCA Press. As artists, Bergman and Salinas have shown work internationally at institutions such as 4th Athens Biennale; 1st Bergen Assembly Triennial; Turku Biennial, Finland; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; ICC Tokyo; IASPIS, Stockholm; Lincoln Center, New York City; e-flux Berlin; Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow, Edinburgh Film Festival; Taipei Fine Art Museum; Centre George Pompidou; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, among many others.  Bergman was professor at the Oslo Academy of Fine Art from 2007-2013, both were visiting professors at the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah from 2008-2011, and they are both currently full time faculty at the University of Washington Bothell. 

    Falke Pisano (Amsterdam, 1978) lives and works in Berlin. She participated in major groups shows such as the Venice Bienial (2009) and Manifesta (2008). She performed at Museo Reina Sofia (2012), the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008) and Lisson Gallery, London (2007). Pisano’s solo exhibitions include Praxes, Berlin (2014), The Showroom, London ( April 2013), Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam, 2007, 2011) Hollybush Gardens (London, 2009, 2012), De Vleeshal (Middelburg, 2012), CAC (with Benoît Maire, Vilnius, 2011), Transmission Gallery (Glasgow, 2010), Extra City (Antwerp, 2010), Kunstverein (Graz, 2009) and Halle für Kunst e.V. (Lüneburg, 2008).
    Henrik Plenge Jacobsen was born in 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he continues to live and work. Jakobsen uses a range of media, including performance, video and installation. His practice explores the capabilities and limitations of our spectacular culture. Recent exhibitions include Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris; Galleri ZK, Berlin; The Suburban, Oak Park, Chicago; FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou; Moderna Museet, Stockholm ;Musee d'Art Contemporain, Lyon; CAC, Vilnius; Stedjeliik Museum, Amsterdam; Frankfuter Kunstverien, Frankfurt; ICA – Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom,  and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
    Sondra Perry was born Perth Amboy, NJ 1986 and currently lives in Harlem, NY. She graduated from Columbia’s MFA program in 2015. Exhibitions and performances include The Artist's Institute, NYC; Pioneer Works, Brooklyn NY and the Seattle Art Museum. She is currently Core Fellow at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Past fellowships include the Institute for Electronic Arts in Alfred, NY.
    Babak Golkar was born in Berkeley, California in 1977. He spent most of his formative years in Tehran until 1996 when he migrated to Vancouver, where he obtained an MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Since then, Babak has been researching diverse subjects and cultivating a conceptual vocabulary and has developed an active career exhibiting works globally. Recently he mounted a solo exhibition at West Vancouver Museum, participated in the 9th edition of la Biennale de Montréal, a group exhibition at Villa Empain at La Fondation Boghossian in Brussels,  a solo exhibition at Sazman Ab gallery in Tehran and a solo show the Vancouver Art Gallery. Babak works and resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.
    Whitman Young is an artist. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1991, he soon earned an MFA at an ivy league university and then relocated to Los Angeles, California because he likes to surf and the air of freedom. He has been named “hot new artist to watch” and has participated in exhibitions.
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