The Equivalent Flow

Curated By Constanza Valenzuela


Featuring Artists: Peppré Ann & Froends, Katie Bryan, Edgar Alan Rodriguez Castillo, Leming Chung, Ava Kling, Kasem Kydd, Dan Mandelbaum, and Georgica Pettus

De: Formal Gallery and Constanza Valenzuela are pleased to present an online exhibition of new video works by eight emerging artists. The selection of videos explores a new kind of subjectivity, pairing humor and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies.

The artists in this exhibition subvert common archetypes with a surreal and playful tone, distorting the familiar in order to comment on pressing social and political crises such as exploitative labor practices, a critique of language from a new materialist perspective, the persistence of colonial racial stereotypes, and impending climate catastrophe. These videos offer no prescriptions to these problems, but by recontextualizing them in a subverted pastiche of older genres and forms, they surprise and challenge the expectations of viewers and insert the absurd into the dialogue around these issues.

These works celebrate fluidity and diversion while parodying the influence of Internet and videogame culture, documentary filmmaking, cartoons, and general broadcasting. The videos presented use humor as a vehicle to dive into an automated view of the present while looking forward to unknown, potentially dystopian futures. The works featured in The Equivalent Flow help us navigate the accelerated velocity and complexity of our digitally-networked present with contemplation and compassion.


 

Leming Chung

妙手回春指南 A Guide of Renaissance, 2018

Born 1951 in China, Shenzhen; Lives in Los Angeles, LA
Artist website: https://vimeo.com/lllllle


Georgica Pettus

A Pedagogical Inquiry Into Didacticism [The Album], 2019

Born 1997 in New York, New York; Lives in New York, New York
Artist website: https://georgicapettus.com


Kasem Kydd

Whaler out of Water, 2018

Born in Brooklyn, New York; lives in Chicago, Illinois
Artist website: https://kasemkydd.com/


Peppré Ann & Froends

 
 

POOL DAY ACT 1, 2017

 
 

POOL DAY ACT 2, 2017

 
 

Born 1985 in Cleveland, Ohio; currently lives in Brooklyn, NY
Artists website: www.youtube.com/user/Josefsgreat/videos


 

Ava Kling

Trash Day, 2018

 

Born in 1998 in New Jersey; lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Artist website: http://avakling.com/


 

Edgar Alan Rodriguez Castillo

Collagism, 2019

 

Born 1993 in Mexico City, Mexico; Lives in Brooklyn, NY
Artist website: www.hypercontemporaneity.com


 
 

Katie Bryan

 

Out of the Shell, 2019

 

Born in 1994 in Santa Rosa, CA; Lives in Oakland, CA
Artists website: https://kibblesdesign.com


 

Dan Mandelbaum

Yllisim, Compilation, 2014 - 2016

 

Born 1994 in Westfield, NJ, Lives in New York City, NY
Artist website: www.danmandelbaumart.com/