Between Bodies

Between Bodies
Between Bodies, Senior Show
Bruce Galleries, California College of the Arts
Installation, 2008

This is a site-responsive installation of paintings created between 2006 and 2008. With this work, I consider the horizontal and vertical placement of these paintings in relationship to the physical space of the gallery. The installation of the work one inch from the floor and off-center wall placement evoke a bodily presence and draw attention to the viewers relationship to the work and the architecture.

Between Bodies

Attempt #1 to Find Black
Attempt #1 to Find Black with Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Raw Umber, and Sap Green
52 x 13 inches
oil on canvased panel, 2008


Between Bodies

Make Out No. 2
Make Out No. 2
(destroyed)
oil and graphite on canvas
2009


Between Bodies

Attempt No. 6 to Complicate Baby Pink
Attempt No. 6 to Complicate Baby Pink with Baby Blue and Baby Yellow
39 x 13 inches
oil and wax on canvased panel
2009


Between Bodies

Make out No. 1
Make out No. 1
72 x 54 inches
oil and graphite on canvas
2009


Present Perfect

Present Perfect
Present Perfect
Collaboration with Analisa Goodin
The Spare Room Project, 2008
cell phone photo by eddie gesso, 2008

Present Perfect, is a collaborative effort between two artists, Analisa Goodin and eddie gesso, and three temporal delineations: present, past, and future. It is an abstract exploration into the translation of meaning through time, failures in communication, and slippages in the reception of language. As a grammatical term, present perfect illustrates a complex relationship between time and desire—it pushes the temporal boundaries of present, past, and future into each other. In this, we make visual and intellectual links between art historical and contemporary influences; reinterpreting, re-contextualizing, and rhyming with artists and thinkers who engage with temporality through a series of fluctuations, variables, and states of fluidity.

We have placed ourselves and our show in dialogue with, but not limited to the following artists and thinkers: Roland Barthes, Sophie Calle, Eva Hesse, Roni Horn, Harmony Hammond, Cornelia Parker, Peggy Phelan, Jacques Ranciere, Rosenclaire, Sappho, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Present Perfect

Imperfect Lovers
Imperfect Lovers two bakelite phones with accompanying sound
Right phone: UnUntitled (Library). Duration 02:43:57. Ideal length 03:00:00.
Left phone: Aqueer. Duration 02:50:10. Ideal length 03:00:00.
eddie gesso and Analisa Goodin, 2009


Imperfect Lovers, references Felix Gonzalez Torres' Perfect Lovers, two battery operated clocks placed side by side. Originally set to the same time, these two clocks will eventually fall out of time with each other as the individual batteries degrade.

Imperfect Lovers, two bakelite phones, placed side by side, are each installed with looped soundm, expresses failures in understanding and communication, reflects ideologically different subject positions and personal experience, and marks difference rather than sameness as starting points for this collaboration.

Right phone: UnUntitled (Library). Left phone: Aqueer. Documentation a process-based performance where artist eddie gesso types up unsent breakup emails (Aqueer) in an attempt to find closure and as a reflection of what he personally has shaped his participation in this collaborative project. Joining gesso in solidarity, artist Analisa Goodin reads excerpts from books taken her personal library: On Gold, On Erasure, On Simultanaeity, On Poetry, On The Author, On Aesthetics, On Sight, and On Participation.

As a performative piece, Goodin and gesso work in tandem, under the same parameters of 3 hours, expressing different reflections and allowing different forces to inform there individual outcomes. Thus Imperfect Lovers expresses failures in understanding and communication, reflects ideologically different subject positions and personal experience, and marks difference rather than sameness as starting points for this collaboration.

Present Perfect

Imperfect Lovers and For Agnes Martin
Imperfect Lovers and For Agnes Martin
For Agnes Martin: masking tape, book page
eddie gesso and Analisa Goodin, 2009


Present Perfect

Without Sans I
Without Sans I
masking tape, text, page remnants
eddie gesso and Analisa Goodin, 2009


Present Perfect

Stacks
Stacks
Right: Untitled (Script); books, writing excerpts; 02:43:57 high
Left: Becoming Monsieur X; type on paper; 02:50:10 high
eddie gesso and Analisa Goodin, 2009


Present Perfect

On Disappearance and Vulnerability: a group of 5 works
On Disappearance and Vulnerability: a group of 5 works
From left to right: After Cornelia Parker - corners and margain remnants; After Roni Horn - gold leaf; Mercí Musset - collection of poems, 1836-1852; Disappeared I (page 56) - text in vile; Disappeared II (page 56) - erased Musset.
eddie gesso and Analisa Goodin, 2009


Attempt To Complicate

Attempt To Complicate
Attempt No. 2 to Complicate Baby Pink with Baby Blue and Baby Yellow, Attempt No. 3 to Complicate Baby Pink with Baby Blue and Baby Yellow, and Attempt No 1 to Find Pink with Cadmium Red, Quinacridone Red, and Alizarin Crimson (from left to right)

Installation, 2007

This series is an attempt to trouble the color baby pink with baby blue and baby yellow. Using both canvased and wood panel 13 x 13 inch squares, the process involves repeatedly applying a transparent layer of pink, followed by blue, followed by yellow. The surface a dull mix that is neither precisely pink, blue, or yellow is a start contrast to the candy dripped side of the panels which reveal each step of the process. This works are often installed in a response to the site or gallery space and may be placed on the floor, around a corner, or drop down from the ceiling. As a continually evolving series, each piece is comprised of any number or combination of panels, and the surface colors shift.

Attempt To Complicate

Attempt #2, #3, and #4 to Complicate Baby Pink
Attempt #2, #3, and #4 to Complicate Baby Pink with Baby Blue and Baby Yellow
oil and cold wax on canvased and wood panel
dimensions variable, nine 13" x 13" x 1 ½ and 2" panels
2007