Peace. Love. Insurgency.
November 2, 2013 - November 24, 2013
FURTHERMORE presents two projects that focus on the fraught relationships between citizen and government. Both are built upon extensive research and are in part embodied as books. Kenseth Armstead, in his graphic novel, Spook, creates a new ‘founding father’ as he tells the story of Revolutionary War double-agent James Armistead Lafayette. Scott Holmquist's artifacts from recent/future insurgencies, shown in ‘The Hippies & Weed Center for Insurgency’ and sister Berlin museum, provide an obscured glimpse of his otherwise private chronic-freedom series of books.
Berlin Squatters/California Pot Growers: A Transatlantic Exchange
In conjunction with the FURTHERMORE exhibition, Goethe-Institut will host Martin Düspohl and Scott Holmquist as they compare forms of resistance and institution-building in anti-gentrification struggles in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhoods with similar issues among the hippie-settled marijuana-farming communities of Humboldt County, CA. Sunday, November 3, 6—8PM. Learn more at: www.goethe.de/washington
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
KENSETH ARMSTEAD’s works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, MIT and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Armstead received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and an MS from NYU Poly. He completed the Skowhegan Program and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Grants he has received include a Pollock-Krasner Award, NYFA video fellowship, NYSCA (Individual Artist Grant, Film & Media) and a Creative Capital Grant. Armstead is currently the Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Museum Library & Archive and has had residencies with LMCC (Workspace & Swingspace), Harvestworks, the Castle Trebesice in Prague and Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology. His drawings and multimedia works are in numerous public and private collections.
SCOTT HOLMQUIST is a self-taught artist who learned to love concrete demolition and finishing, and to hate social class divisions while growing up in Minnesota. He studied Marxist economics in Sweden and later worked as a researcher for The Institute for Policy Studies before completing his first video art works: two from news-footage gathered in 1987 Chile; and one from his adaptation of Caron Tate's 1987 hit underground play about a DC stripper, "Bumps!" While living in New York, he launched the blind eye projects to reverse media and art logic, which involved multimedia exhibits in 2001-03. Research and production of books for the chronic freedom series, on cannibis growing people in Northern California, took place from 2005-present. The series together is not currently meant for public showing (except via filters developed for this Furthermore exhibit!). Scott is also working on an archive of about 45,000 images scanned from documents on the Humboldt Bay, begun in late 2011. From this, exhibits include, "50x50 object index - draft 1," this past August at the Humboldt Baykeeper's request. Since 2011 he has worked from Berlin, Germany, with a studio and office in Arcata, CA, provided by Bug Press.