Fighting Weight: Kevin Jerome Everson
Curated by Maaike Gouwenberg
October 5 – October 26, 2018
Opening reception October 5, 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Engine Room
2809 N. Robertson St.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 12:00-5:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 12:00-5:00pm
Meet & Greet Happy Hour with the artist on Friday, Oct. 19 5-7:00pm
"I'm hanging out, coolin’, on the frames that connect the necessity and the coincidence. Formally, that is."
-Kevin Jerome Everson
Fighting Weight brings together a large selection of short films by Kevin Jerome Everson. Through dual projections the viewer is introduced to Everson’s unique world and subject matter. The films are deeply connected to contemporary culture and art and not only deal with the social and political realities of working class African-American life, they also dive into the materiality of the film medium, and narrative structures. Film itself informs Everson's choices, such as sound or silent, color or black and white, or the length of the film roll. His films hover between documentary and fiction, often lightly prompted and focused on simple gestures, real life happenings or historic events. In Fighting Weight, the viewer is absorbed into various starting points and viewpoints and is confronted with films that seemingly choose the same subject but deal with them in different ways. By placing these films alongside each other or showing them sequentially, Everson’s outspoken, but curious approach surfaces and shows that each film has its own logic and rhythm. In concert, the fragmentation of our world becomes visible.
All films courtesy the artist; Trilobite-Arts DAC; Picture Palace Pictures.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Artist/Filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson (b.1965) was born and raised in Mansfield Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron. He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia. He has made nine feature length films and over one-hundred and thirty short films including Tonsler Park (2017), The Island of Saint Matthews (2013), Erie (2010), Quality Control (2011), Ten Five in the Grass (2012), Ears, Nose and Throat (2016), Spicebush (2005), Stone (2013), Pictures From Dorothy (2004), Century (2013), Fe26 (2014), Sound That 20014), Sugarcoated Arsenic (2013) with Claudrena Harold, Emergency Needs (2007) and the eight-hour long film Park Lanes (2015). He also has two DVD box sets of his films called Broad Daylight and Other Times and I Really Hear Something: Quality Control and Other Films with a catalog distributed by Video Data Bank.
Everson’s films and artwork have been widely shown at venues including Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Oberhausen Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Tate Modern in London, Whitechapel Gallery in London, National Gallery in Washington DC and Centre Pompidou in Paris. The work has also been recognized through awards and fellowships such as Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert Award, a Creative Capital Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, and an American Academy in Rome Prize. Everson is represented by Picture Palace Pictures New York and Andrew Kreps Gallery New York.
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ABOUT THE CURATOR
Maaike Gouwenberg is a curator and producer working between Europe and the US. Focused on performative practices, and through long-term collaborations with artists and curators, she specializes in the intersection between theater and the visual arts. After running her own multidisciplinary exhibition space Expodium in Utrecht, Gouwenberg participated in the renowned De Appel Curatorial Program (2006-2007) and worked as a curator at the research and production platform If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (2007 - 2011). Over the last five years, she produced major projects at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam including Alexandre Singh’s “The Humans”, and Michael Portnoy’s “Relational Stalinism - The Musical,” and “The Ten Murders of Josephine” with Rana Hamadeh. In 2010, Gouwenberg initiated A.P.E. (art projects era) with artist Keren Cytter. A.P.E develops performances, exhibitions, printed matter and meetings that cannot be realized within traditional institutional formats or frameworks. In 2014 she co-founded the multidisciplinary residency program Deltaworkers in New Orleans. In 2017, Gouwenberg joined the Performa team in New York as the biennial producer. She was part of the short film committee at International Film Festival Rotterdam and is a board member of de Appel Arts Center, Project Space 1646, and musical theatre group Touki Delphine.