By Paul Shortt and Robert Heishman
November 4th 2011 – Dec 2nd 2011
How To Do Something, All Alone, By Yourself brings us to a place where we can see the moments that shape human identity. Heishman’s videos and photographs aim to embody the crisis of individuality. He shows us his attempt to form a relationship and compare himself to his soap opera namesake Chase Gioberti. Shortt’s videos and sculptures remind us of how foreign it is to fully adopt society’s rules. His work presents opportunities for spectators to feel their personal agency limited, while at the same time pointing to an emancipation.
Robert Chase Heishman presents a recent suite of work that is part of his larger My Falcon Crest project. My Falcon Crest, which began in 2009,centers around an exploration of Heishman’s discovered namesake: 1980’s Falcon Crest soap opera star — actor RobertFoxworth, who played the character, Chase Gioberti. In his current series of videos and photographs, NAMESAKE, Heishman physically grooms, feeds, bubble-bathes, (and so on) various photographic prints of his soap opera “elder”. The videos in this suite reveal the sequence of actions enacted upon the photographic print, while the final, partially eroded print is displayed as a record of the communion with the image.
Paul Shortt’s new video series depicts his attempts to perform simple actions that have larger, more complicated cultural meanings. First in this series, Fly the Flag, Shortt attempts to get the American flag to fly at full mast but encounters numerous pitfalls and setbacks. InBreakdown, Shortt literally and figuratively breaks down on the side of the road. Paul will also be presenting some of his recent sculptural works that will engage viewers through interactions. In mirrored pillory, participants are put in a stockade that reflects viewers’ image. In Time Out Zone, a sign that conforms to the corner of the gallery directs the viewer into the act of time out. This new series of works continues to put not only himself, but also participants into awkward funny and uncomfortable situations.