Benevolent Nepotism: Plastic Poetics, The Cause Collective

benevolent nepotism [buh-nev-uh-luhnt nep-uh-tiz-uhm] (verb): The act of blatantly exploiting one’s personal and/ or professional assets to boost the careers of one’s brilliantly talented friends. Distinctly different from familial nepotism, if only by a hare’s breath.

My friend Liz and I coined this term— really, its just a way for us to justify supporting our genius friends by any means necessary and/ or available (from budgets to blogs). Its been a rather stellar couple of weeks in the FR social circle; commence with the bragging.

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>> On Friday, Cara Erskine opened Plastic Poetics (her first curatorial effort) at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University. Artists Colin Zaug, Sarah E. Wood, Maya Schindler, and Ian Finch work using materials and tropes ranging from Venn diagrams to rubber, house plants to words, to spaces. Quoth the Erskine to The Tartan: “I wanted a title that would talk about the materials that were in the show. . . One of the things I was really attracted to was seizing those real materials and their transformation to make spaces.” An obvious nod to De Stijl. Sharp.

>> Who: Colin Zaug, Sarah E. Wood, Maya Schindler, Ian Finch; Curated by Cara Erskine
>> What: Plastic Poetics
>> When: January 18 – Feburary 22, 2008
>> Where: Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University
>> Notes: Limited edition prints commissioned for the exhibition available here.

working.jpg>> The Cause Collective (Ryan Alexiev, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayete Ross Smith, Jorge Sanchez, and Jessica Ingram) has been at Sundance, showing their video “Along the Way” as part of the festival’s New Frontier program. They’ve been live blogging for NPR along the way. Writes Jessica of the gang’s first day in Park City: “I arrived to a tense environment at the condo — Hank and Ryan got into a huge fight and started screaming at each other. I seriously thought they were going to throw down in the snow.” Sounds about right.

>> Who: The Cause Collective: Ryan Alexiev, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayete Ross Smith, Jorge Sanchez, and Jessica Ingram
>> What: “Along the Way,” Sundance Film Festival; live blog for NPR
>> When: This week; not sure if everyone is back yet or not.
>> Where: Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
>> Notes: “Along the Way” was originally commissioned by the Port of Oakland for the Oakland International Airport; it is a 20-minute video mosaic featuring over 1,500 separate images of people, places, and moments captured in Oakland and the larger Bay Area over a nine month period.

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