Homeland Security

Homeland Security

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Bookwork   |   4 x 6 inches   |   3   Colour Risograph Print  |   Soy-Based Ink   |    Edition of 100

 

"This small book presents the artist’s typical associative matrix through his selection of images and texts from the related cultural field, ranging from archival letters to country music lyrics, from historic patents drawings to recent scientific studies."


HOMELAND SECURITY (It’s hard to find a good lamp) is the latest fieldwork and publication by artist Charles Stankievech.

The project emerges from his time spent as a researcher-in-residence at the Fieldwork: Marfa residency in the southwest border town of Marfa, Texas —a site famous for two reasons.

On the one hand, Marfa was the home of Minimal artist Donald Judd and his long-term project the Chinati Foundation which houses his 100 aluminum boxes and Dan Flavin’s epic six building light situation. On the other hand, Marfa has a 100 year militarized history, from a base established to stop guns being smuggled south during the Mexican Revolution circa 1910 to the current War on Terror and War on Drugs focus on Chihuahua (Mexico’s most infamous state for drug cartels and violence) directly south of the town. 

The field work consists of 36 electrifying fluorescent bug zappers suspended in a grid from the ceiling of the town’s central public space—an enormous outdoor canopy.

The publication presents the artist’s typical associative matrix through his selection of images and texts from the related cultural field, ranging from archival letters to country music lyrics, from historic patents drawings to recent scientific studies.

The book is co-published by Marfa Book Co. & Paper Pusher.

Charles Stankievech (b.1978, Canada) is an artist who creates “fieldworks.” His diverse body of work has been shown at such places as the Palais de Toyko (Paris), International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2010, Germany), dOCUMENTA13 (Kassel), Xth Biennale of Architecture (Venice), MASSMoCA, ISSUE Project Room (New York), the Musee d’art contemporain Montreal and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He has curated such unorthodox exhibitions as Magnetic Norths, A Wake For St. Kippenberger’s MetroNet, and the series OVER THE WIRE with Lawrence Weiner, Gary Hill, Tim Hecker, Centre for Land Use Interpretation, Shary Boyle and others. His writings range from academic journals, such as Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and 306090 (Princeton Architectural Press) to experimental texts for art publications. He currently is artist-in-residence with the Canadian Department of National Defense with a sortie to CFS ALERT—northernmost settlement in the world and active Signals Intelligence station. A founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Stankievech splits his spacetime between the Yukon and Berlin.

www.stankievech.net