TEEN AGE: YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
CATHARINE CLARK GALLERY
150 Minna Street . Ground Floor . San Francisco CA 94105
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Exhibition coincides with ZER01's 01SJ Biennial
August 28 - September 25, 2010
Reception Saturday, September 4, 3-6pm
Included in TEEN AGE is Marisa Olson's Newflowers, from the project Songs I Wrote While Listening to the Doors, 1992-1994 (Before I found the internet). The piece is a music video for Tanlines' single of the same name, which the band wrote under the influence of Olson's high school poetry. In an indirect collaboration with herself at age 16, Olson made the video when she was twice that age--upon the publication of a book of her high school poetry: Songs I Wrote While Listening to the Doors, 1992-1994 (Before I found the internet). Olson invited a group of musicians and poets to collaborate in adapting these poems--culminating in a night of "poetry readings" at Brooklyn's Light Industry. Tanlines poetically lifted one word from her "Flowers for the People," which became the sole lyric in Newflowers. Olson's resulting music video completes the teen dream collaboration. The artist notes: "The success of this amazing song has already far surpassed any of my high school-era fantasies about being 'heard'."
Newflowers synthesizes the themes of nostalgia, failure, overlaps between computer programming and the arts, and cycles of budding development. As a music video resulting from a song resulting from a poem, the piece considers forms of translation, alteration, and even time travel. Collaborating with her 16yo self, the piece is both a promotional video for the band (thus is the nature of music videos), and a remix of promotional videos for the AMIGA, an already-retro computer with which she had a high school obsession. The paper-based artist book of Olson's lyrically-inspired poems (which include carbon copies of dot-matrix printouts of the originals), the collaboratively-written song, and the always-already nostalgic new video for Newflowers are now forming their own feedback loop.
The video can be viewed online, here.
Marisa Olson is a New York-based artist who has shown at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Whitney Museum, New Museum, British Film Institute, and Sundance Film Festival. Her work has been written about in Artforum, the New York Times, Liberation (Paris), Telegraph (London), and elsewhere. She has also curated programs at the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, White Columns, and Artists Space, and written for Flash Art, ArtReview, Afterimage, Wired, and Rhizome, where she was previously Editor & Curator. She's been a visiting artist at Yale, Brown, Bard, and Ox-Bow and is currently Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY-Purchase.
Tanlines is a Brooklyn-based production duo made up of artists Jesse Cohen (from Professor Murder) and Eric Emm (previously from the bands Don Caballero and Storm and Stress). They've also made well-reviewed remixes for Glasser, Telepathe, and Au Revoir Simone. Their single Newflowers was originally released as a 7" by British label Young Turks.