The Ten Commandments, an ongoing collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation involving curating confiscated art forgeries from their evidence vaults into exhibitions, and a series of ten billboards currently on view in New Mexico that depict a fabricated language.
Through a triangulation of past, present and future several recent projects by Daniel R. Small will be discussed, including the archaeological excavation of Cecil B Demille’s 1923 film set used in The Ten Commandments, an ongoing collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation involving curating confiscated art forgeries from their evidence vaults into exhibitions, and a series of ten billboards currently on view in New Mexico that depict a fabricated language.
These discursive narratives engage with temporal investigations and representations where each seem indistinguishable from one another, and history’s representations not only repeat but collapse into a strange hall of mirrors. These recent projects come in a myriad of forms, but are concerned with becoming fully aware and productively suspicious that history is always being imaginatively figured as it is seemingly figured out. Therefore, this mise en abyme of representations questions whether these errors, myths, confabulations, and inventions that take up residence in memory might lead us through and beyond facts to their meanings, and whether the dubious reliability of such wrong tales enhance their historical value since they allow us to recognize the interests of the tellers and the intentions and desires behind them.
Daniel R. Small (b. 1984 in Centralia, IL.) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His work traces accounts of historiography, and his projects proceed from the realization that history is not written from the certitude of concrete facts, but rather in the productive unreliability and partiality of lived and invested memories, myths, ideologies, stories, and dreams. He has been included in exhibitions at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa Japan); the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City, UT); Public Fiction (LA), Michael Strogoff Gallery (Marfa TX), Et Al (San Francisco), and Samuel Freeman Gallery (LA). In the summer of 2013 he collaborated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on an exhibition that consisted of art forgeries that were confiscated and then served as the backdrop for their conference. In August of 2015 another exhibition in collaboration with the FBI and LAPD will happen in Los Angeles City Hall. Recently, in January of 2015, Small unveiled a series of ten billboards throughout the state of New Mexico as part of Los Angeles Nomadic Division’s (LAND) Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, and in July 2015 will have a solo exhibition at LAXART.
The lecture is organized by Alice Wang for the UCSB Winter 2015 course Intermediate Photography (Art120). For more information, please contact: email@example.com
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