As The Fidget Spinner Turns, 8/4/17 - 8/27/17
As the Fidget Spinner Turns was a two-person exhibition by neo-folk artist Hannah Epstein (AKA hanski) and meme artist & poet Jenson Leonard (Cory in the Abyss). Through mock sculpture, projection, and the traditional craft of rug hooking, both artists explore virtual and physical realities touching on subject matter ranging from Japanese Hentai and Jewish heritage to social activist, bell hooks and "Your Mom" jokes. Through this iconography, conversations about technology, privilege, pop-culture, social media and ethics begin to blur on and off screen. -Fred Blauth, curator
HANNAH EPSTEIN (AKA HANSKI) is a neo-folk artist working in the cross-section of textile, experimental games and video art. Epstein’s work aims to highlight the fringes of cultural practice by blurring the lines between traditional craft, popular culture, and contemporary art.
By employing her multi-disciplinary practice and with an emphasis on play, Epstein's work calls to re-imagine ideas of authenticity and authorship as multiple realities emerge from increasingly isolated media bubbles.
JENSON LEONARD (CORY IN THE ABYSS) is a poet and digital media artist whose poetics are concerned with disrupting the representational logics that exist between the internet, mass media, and capitalism. Jenson Leonard started a meme page called Cory in The Abyss just over a year ago, but he's still not quite sure what a meme is, as his notion of what can be memetic imagery shifts with each "meme". He thinks of his work being in the tradition of Bolshevik Agitprop and 1970's New York City Graffiti, except instead of private property, he's scrawling ideologies across the digital terrain of Silicon Valley's social media platforms.