Dave Bryant, Mailbox made for my Mother on Rural Route 5, 1992. Photograph. Image courtesy of the artist.
Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present SELF STORAGE, a collaboration with writer Rebecca Bengal and visual artist Dave Bryant. The project opens on Sunday, September 16 with a public reception from 4 to 6 PM, and a conversation between the artists at 4:30 PM.
"Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We've learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose."
—Jimmy Carter, “Crisis of Confidence” speech, 1979
A conversation about the process of accumulation, the things we choose to keep, and the ways in which they form and inform our sense of self.
Bengal will present short fiction, inspired, in part, by two devastating house fires on her family’s farm, and the ways in which land forgets and remembers.
Bryant will show a group of images reclaimed and upcycled from his storage lockers in Brooklyn and Austin. Works-in-progress, abandoned projects, and objects which have lost their meaning are reappraised here.