RE:DEPICTION AT THE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
2015 update: The entire project (6 works on paper, 6 audio pieces, and the map) was acquired by the Asian Art Museum and shown in their exhibition First Look, September - October 2015.
In 2014, Hughen/Starkweather were invited to create an artwork for the Asian Art Museum. The resulting project, Re:depiction, is a visual translation of objects in the museum collection via memory and language. The installation consists of six large abstract works on paper accompanied by audio recordings of voices describing specific works in the collection. Museum visitors were invited to take a map and find the original works as described in the sound recordings, closing a loop connecting abstraction, memory, translation, and its source material. The project is now in the museum's permanent collection. An interview about the project with Marc Mayer from the Museum can be read here. Read reviews of the project from KQED (here) and Hyperallergic (here).
The Re:depiction catalogue, including an essay by curator Allison Harding, can be viewed here.
Hughen/Starkweather is the collaborative team of San Francisco artists Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen. They create artworks based on the layers and complexities that comprise a specific place or object. Their source materials include interviews, photographs, data, maps, and personal documentation. The resulting artworks are abstract, but contain visible traces of the source materials.
All images © Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Photos by Quincy Stamper.