As our popularity and international presence continues to skyrocket, we must admit that at times, even we forget our humble origins. As we reflect and continue to be amazed at just HOW about us it really is, we think it is appropriate to revisit that moment in time not so long ago that a star….ok, well, several stars were born.
We are thrilled and honored to have you aboard as we travel back in time to 2008….
Why the Biennial project?
What is this Biennial Project, you may ask? Well, it is nothing more and nothing less than this – a collaborative project by four talented and fun-loving artists to explore the nature and understand the perception of biennial exhibits within the art world, and in so doing to develop a collective body of work that will ultimately be shown in as many biennial exhibits as possible, especially the really cool ones. Towards this end we will investigate the who, what, how and why of getting into a biennial, so as to be better able to develop a suitable body of work.
How, you may ask, did we get started on such a project. Well, the beginning was like this – in the fall of 2007, Biennial Project lead artist Laura Rollins, being the cool globe-trotting artist chick that she is, had just returned from the Venice Biennale, where she had been inundated with Biennial Art – the great, the good, the bad, and the really bad. She, like other members of our really cool artist community before her, had several conflicting reactions to seeing all this stamp-of-approval art in one place. First, that much of the art was inspirational, second, that much of it sucked, and finally, that much of the stuff that we and our really cool artist friends were doing was better. So why weren’t WE there, sipping chianti and chatting up pretty young things at the openings?
To answer this question, we have had to look deeply and honestly into ourselves, and upon so doing, frankly, we like what we see, and feel we have the qualities necessary to achieve major success. We've read a little art history, WE have the sense of ironic detachment mandatory in today’s environment, WE know enough not to inject our work with any real emotion or technique, WE are careful to always include the suitable current buzzwords when describing our work, WE have cool black outfits, WE never make much sense when asked direct questions, and WE suck in the straight world.
So why haven’t WE become the Art Rock Stars we so clearly deserve to be? What is preventing us from fulfilling our dreams, and how can we change it?
That is what we have set out to explore, and we hope you will travel with us on this journey of discovery.
Oh and by the way, our maiden video was selected for inclusion in the prestigious 2008 Baja Biennial……what a beginning! You will so enjoy it below…