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Smudge Studio art talks

Lecture and image presentation by Smudge Studio

Brazos Gallery, February 13, 4-6 PM
The McKinney Ave. Contemporary, Feb 13, 6:30 PM


smudge-themacElizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse of Smudge Studio spoke at the Brazos Gallery and The MAC on Monday, Feb 13, 2012.

Engaging the students, faculty, and public the lectures encouraged a re-thinking of our conceptions of both time our place within the present moment. Delving into their practice as a both a conceptual and physical interaction with sites as a way to blur boundaries, the artists delivered a novel approach to art through research and a holistic, long term approach to our current time period and possible futures. The artists answered several questions from the audience, generating an insightful discourse into possibilities.

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In the Interest of Time
an installation by Smudge Studio

Brazos Gallery, February 2- March 2


Reception: Brazos Gallery, Richland College,  Monday, Feb. 13th, 2012 from 4-6 PM
Artist talk: McKinney Avenue Contemporary,  Monday, Feb. 13th from 6:30- 7:30 PM

Richland College’s Brazos Gallery presents In the Interest of Time, an installation by Smudge Studio, NY.  Investigating and documenting instances of convergence between humans and the land, Smudge Studio offers a reconsidered, holistic relationship of human/land interactions within a geologic time scale. Displaying photos and videos, as well as a geo-architectural field guide to New York City, the installation provides a consideration of “deep time” through projects mapping lake beds from the Pleistocene that now hold suburban tract housing and visits to several nuclear testing sites in America.

For the past six years Smudge Studio, comprised of Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth, has practiced a version of what Nicolas Bourriard in The Radicant called “the journey form.”  According to Bourriard, “the journey has become a [contemporary art] form in its own right . . . a compositional principle.” Smudge states that, “For us, the journey form has been a means to access, traverse, and feel for ourselves, a number of sites where the geologic and the human converge with intensity.  At such sites, we have used the journey form, along with the concept of deep geologic time, as compositional principles for creatively responding to the complex of forces (natural, built, historic, social, strategic and the imagined) we encounter.”


Recently Smudge Studio received a “2012 Architecture, Design and Planning Grant” from NYSCA for Repository: A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure and their geo-architectural field guide to New York City, Geologic City, was funded in part by a grant from Brooklyn Arts Council and was included in the exhibition Mapping the Surface at Central Booking, NY. Exhibiting nationally and published in the New York Times, Smudge has also given presentations in Oslo, Norway, Madrid, Spain, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Los Angeles, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jamie Kruse is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn. She has a BFA in Visual Communication and an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York.  Elizabeth Ellsworth is a Professor of Media Studies at The New School in New York. She has a Ph.D. in Communication Arts, Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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In the Interest of Time and all related events are free and open to the public. The Brazos Gallery, located at 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, is open from 10 AM – 4 PM, Monday- Friday with extended viewing hours by appointment.

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REVIEW: “In the Interest of Time” at Brazos Gallery, by Colette Copeland