Monday, April 30, 2012


Artist Duo JEFF&GORDON present new video and sculptural work plus a performance at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Venice, CA

Reception: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 5-8 pm
( ( ( ( Performance at 6:30 pm ) ) ) )
Exhibition: May 5 to May 21, 2012

Open Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday & others by appointment 

What's in a name? That which we call a NASCAR driver by a slightly different name would be an artist group. Such is the case with JEFF&GORDON, the artist duo comprised of Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko; and Jeff Gordon, the charismatic NASCAR driver (#24). The ampersand—the symbol for the Latin word for “and”—is all that separates the artist duo from the driver. Such a small detail can be easily overlooked, or so it would seem by the number of Jeff Gordon NASCAR fans who mistakenly “like” the artists’ Facebook page. Used with Deceit examines public identity and fan culture; JEFF&GORDON has taken these incidents of mistaken online identity as a point of departure, appropriating Jeff Gordon Youtube videos posted by fans and altering them in various ways to conflate the artists with the titular subject. Into NASCAR video game footage featuring Jeff Gordon's car, the artists insert themselves driving around the block multiple times in defiance of a "no vehicular cruising" law; into a clip of the race car driver and his mother cooking with a family recipe on the Rachael Ray show, they insert themselves having a curious encounter with a fried egg; into a fan video of Jeff Gordon winning a race, they insert themselves performing everyday tasks while wearing identical Jeff Gordon masks. JEFF&GORDON will ultimately deposit these (and more) clips back onto Youtube; this exhibition will be their public premiere.

Beyond Baroque is one of southern California’s leading literary/arts centers. It houses a theater, an art gallery and a bookstore specializing in poetry and alternative writing (the perfect venue for an exhibition that examines the ampersand). The center is based in Venice’s former town hall; the building has a long history of community interaction and JEFF&GORDON will tie all of Beyond Baroque’s areas of interest together with one exhibition including sculpture, video installation and a performance in the center’s theater on the evening of the opening.

Winiemko further explains the group’s inspiration for this new work: “Being mistaken for Jeff Gordon [the driver] on Facebook pointed us towards working with the arbitrariness of identity. We just happen to be mistaken with a race car driver. And in this 15-minutes-of-fame world, who gets to use the identity of Jeff? And Gordon? And JEFF&GORDON?”

Exhibition curated by Carleton Christy
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Art Show runs through Monday, April 30, 2012 in our upstairs Mike Kelley Gallery.
Open Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday & others by appointment. 
FREE Admission.

ROBERT BRANAMAN's tremendous body of work includes etchings, paintings, films, books and most recently a series of limited edition digital/traditional prints. Bob was one of the innovative artists showing at the legendary Batman Gallery in San Francisco and was part of Michael McClure’s play !The Feast! performed there. His paintings were prominently featured in Oliver Stone’s film The Doors. His films include Ginsberg (1966) and Goldmouth (1965), starring LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI. He presently lives and works in Santa Monica.

A graduate of CSULB with an MFA in Studio Art, TODD A. SMITH constructs faux books made from wood that address aspects of popular culture, history, science and religion. His creative process begins with an idea that he gleans from personal experiences and interactions with radio, television, books and pop culture. He transforms these ideas into book titles and screen-prints them onto wooden books. Todd places some of these books in libraries; some are transformed into “pop-ups” while others are constructed into columns or small “still-life’s.” Todd also has a series of drawings and prints that expand on the transitory nature of the traditional book and what its content has to offer in the way of knowledge and imagination.

"Mother Earth", a special serigraph series of four different landscapes and earthly delights and insights hand-made by ROBERT BRANAMAN, will be available for $25 each at the reception on April 7th.
A Color Kablooie - Bob Branaman
Fuck Wall Street - Bob Branaman
Kablooie - Bob Branaman