Multiple temporalities of memory making and recording are overlaid in the video “paintings” of New York– and Berlin–based artist Ken Okiishi. Okiishi uses flat-screen televisions as canvas, painting in the style of the abstract expressionists. Brashly colored pigment rubbing against a glowing screen showing a delayed playback of significantly deteriorated home videos which have significantly deteriorated. The artist, featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, is interested in exploring the gap between digital and continuous space. This intentionally overwhelming book, which accompanies recent exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and CCS Bard, imagines the exhibition catalog itself as a format in crisis. A mass of overlaid images and inlaid texts, it includes essays from curators Annie Godfrey Larmon and Alise Upitis along with images from Okiishi’s series gesture/data (2013–ongoing), and a screenplay book of Okiishi’s 2010 runaway hit, (Goodbye to) Manhattan.
Edited by Annie Godfrey Larmon & Alise Upitis.
Softcover, 6 1/3 x 9 1/2 inches, 160 pages, October 2014.