Jennifer Frias of Sixpack Projects curated the upcoming exhibition Play Against featuring a new project by artist duo JEFF&GORDON at UCR’s Sweeney Art Gallery. We hope to see you at the opening reception on October 29th (I know… I know… we have competing exhibition openings that night). Also don’t miss the special event they have planned for Riverside’s ArtWalk on November 3rd!

@ UCR ARTSblock | Sweeney Art Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION: October 29, 6 – 9 PM | Free Admission
EXHIBITION DATES: November 1 – December 10

First Thursday ArtsWalk Event | November 3, 7 – 9pm

On the court of a tony club or ivy-covered institution, another Squash player makes an aggressive serve, or politely calls for a “let,” ending the rally lest he physically interfere with his opponent. In a Riverside neighborhood or Inland Empire community, another family gets a foreclosure notice, just one of an estimated half a million California families that will lose their homes in the national foreclosure crisis. Do we really declare all of these people losers at the game of life, or might we be able to offer them a “let”? What are the limits of personal responsibility, and achievement? Applying their usual performative appropriation of social customs and idioms, the collaborative duo of JEFF&GORDON take on the tension between cooperation and competition that runs through the public discourse in a nation of “temporarily embarrassed millionaires.

On November 3rd, the Sweeney Art Gallery will present a one-night social event that invites the public in a participatory role with artists JEFF&GORDON. Recognizing the desire on the part of the average gallery or museum visitor to gain insight into the exhibition, Play Against and into the artist’s process, JEFF&GORDON will employ their usual strategy of borrowing from a social custom or cultural idiom and meet with members of the public in a series of controlled convivial situations. Channeling the phenomenon of social gatherings and social networking, the public and JEFF&GORDON will be able to get acquainted to see how much they like each other, and to decide if they would like to see each other again. Participants will be provided with an entrée of suggested discussion topics and refreshments. Time limit strictly enforced. This event is made possible by the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

JEFF&GORDON are a collaborative team of artists who create videos and installations that explore social interactions. Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko create situations wherein an audience will reflect on their participatory role in the ever-changing cultural narrative; every one of us contributes to our collective culture, but at the same time we are all defined by culture. As such, their work frequently “takes on” the form of familiar social conducts and iconography, and also enters into a dialogue with the site or the context in which the work is exhibited. The artists also forward their personae, and frequently mediate their performative actions through video, as informed by the cinematic aesthetic. The artists received their MFA’s from CSU Long Beach, and UC Irvine, respectively, in 2007. They live in the Los Angeles area. This is their second solo show as a team. JEFF&GORDON: Play Against is organized by UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, and curated by Jennifer Frias, associate curator, Sweeney Art Gallery.

Support for this project is provided by UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Fair Housing Council of Riverside and UCR’s Student Recreation Center. JEFF&GORDON: Play Against is an exhibition in dialog with a UCR initiated project that will be under development throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, Understanding the Human Impacts of Housing Foreclosure: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Economic, Social and Political Inequality. The steering committee includes UCR professors Gary Dymski (Economics), Vanessa Estrada (Sociology), Martin Johnson (Political Science) and Ellen Reese (Sociology/Labor Studies).

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