“Stage 4: Joel Dean, First Person Problems” Exhibition

The International Studio & Curatorial Program

poster for “Stage 4: Joel Dean, First Person Problems” Exhibition
[Image: Joel Dean "Study for First Person Problems" (2016) Digital rendering. Courtesy of the artist]

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“Perspective sometimes offers us the feeling that something special is happening. To us this seems marvelous (and I’m as excited as the next person!) but I guess that seen from Venus this is not a big deal.”

-Rasmus Myrup, commenting on the celestial spectacle taking place this month in which five planets within our solar system (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter) are visible from Earth and appear to be aligned diagonally across the night sky.

A younger version of myself sits in the yester-light of another sun’s shadows. He is exploring the idealistic corners of an early internet. A platform ripe for the rejection of rotten binaries emerges at the culmination of a century’s worth of ones and zeros. Innovations as simple as the wig, the table and the organization of time build bridges of utility which extend the psyche outside itself. In different ways, they hold the potential to liberate us from the chaos of ourselves. Consequently, they carry an inherent faculty for disembodiment. Like a sigh taking the shape of the stress it has relieved, they operate as selective reflections; made in the image of everything which the maker cannot. – Joel Dean

Joel Dean, First Person Problems is curated by Benjamin Austin.

Joel Dean (born 1986, Atlanta, GA) lives and works in New York City. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelors of Fine Art in 2009 and received fellowships from the Yale Summer School of Music and Art (2008), and the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency (2009). He co-founded Important Projects in Oakland in 2009 and oversaw the space’s program through 2014. His work has recently appeared in exhibitions at Princess (New York), Mini Bar Artists Space (Stockholm), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Detroit), Bureau (New York), Lodos (Mexico City), Jancar Jones (Los Angeles), and Bodega (Philadelphia). First Person Problems includes five new works by the artist.

Staging ​is a program of seven exhibitions organized by seven curators that uses a single, white platform as its operative structure. This structure is the orienting environment for monthly stages produced via collaborations between a single artist and curator. S​taging ​is a co­-production of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) and the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and runs from November 2015 to ­June 2016. Staging is organized by Benjamin Austin, Christian Camacho-­Light, Rosario Güiraldes, Emma James, Humberto Moro, Yanhan Peng, and Rachael Rakes from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.



from February 18, 2016 to March 09, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-02-18 from 18:00 to 20:00


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