Mana Contemporary Chicago presents:
Odes To Transience I Create:
Encounters With Jamie Diamond & Matthew Weinstein
January 29, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Public Reception: January 29, 2017, 1PM – 4PM
Mana Contemporary Chicago is pleased to present Odes To Transience I Create: Encounters With Jamie Diamond & Matthew Weinstein, a collection of three video works placed throughout the building: in the lobby, on the 4th floor, and in the 5th floor café.
Curated by Mana’s Curatorial Director Ysabel Pinyol, Odes To Transience I Create asks viewers to examine moments of brief, often impersonal interactions, specifically those involving relationships that perish synchronously with the moment (a bad date, a conversation at a bar, a subway encounter). Each work is installed on a separate floor. In contrast to a traditional gallery, the pieces are installed in transient areas: spaces primarily used for passing through en route to a destination.
Diamond and Weinstein’s works are grounded quite differently in approach and subject—Diamond films brief meetings between two people, while Weinstein constructs fleeting moments using the animation software Moby Motion—but placed together, they reveal universal conditions: loneliness, narcissism, attraction, and social structures. Diamond is interested in the way that individuals fabricate their own worlds, the function of tradition in individuals’ constructions of reality, and the roles of these elements in human behavior. For his part, Weinstein considers his films as objects, lacking narrative—and that any story we enforce over the work is nothing more than our own unfounded projections, another manufactured reality created by individuals, one that is wholly impersonal and detached from other human beings. The pairing of these two artists, and the carefully considered placement of the works, inspires meditation on how space and emotion influence our relationships to people and places.
(1) Jamie Diamond, Portraits of Craigslist Strangers, 2010
(2) Matthew Weinstein, É Lobro, 2016
(3) Jamie Diamond, Portraits of Craigslist Strangers, 2010
(4) Matthew Weinstein, Cruising 1980, 2010
(5) Jamie Diamond, Portraits of Craigslist Strangers, 2010
(6) Matthew Weinstein, Cruising 1980, 2010