Present / Future, Artissima, Stand PF 16, Torino November 6 – 9, 2014
Arcade & Ellen de Bruijne Projects are pleased to present:
Jeremiah Day “The Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness”
Part epitaph, part ode, part investigation, this installation draws together years of research and studio performance into a contemporary memorial form, chronicling the example of US Senator Frank Church.
Church is a widely forgotten figure but whose name has resurfaced to public attention in the wake of the revelations of Edward Snowden. In the 1970’s Church led a series of investigations into the political practices of the United States, including the harassment of Martin Luther King Jr, assassination plots of foreign political leaders, and the development of mass surveillance.
The title of this work is taken from the name of a wilderness park in Idaho, named in honor of United States Senator Frank Church, who had ironically used those exact words to warn of crossing over a “bridge of no return,” and this word play becomes the point of departure and hinge for Day’s evocation of Church, his investigation and his subsequent failed Presidential run.
Through open-ended fragments and depiction of the massive burned out forest named after the politician, the piece attempts to take up the tradition of French history painting, in which art achieves political relevancy through dramatization and metaphor.
Completed in 2012 before the Snowden leaks, recent developments demonstrate the substantiality of such a metaphor and Arcade, London and Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam are proud to share a platform in presenting this very specific project.
Visual artist, Jeremiah Day also trained in movement, working regularly with the pioneer of postmodern dance Simone Forti. His work establishes a montage narrative form, where political and personal realities intertwine through different techniques, including photography, video and movement.
“The Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness” was originally commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The video features the contribution of Day’s long time musical collaborator Bart de Kroon, a Utrecht-based singer-songwriter and graduate of psychology and genocide studies.
Jeremiah Day (1974, USA) graduated from the University of California, LA before attending the Rjiksakademie, Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include: the 2014 Liverpool Biennial, ‘Nonfictions’ with Fred Dewey and Simone Forti, Santa Monica Museum of Art, US (2014) ‘You don’t go slumming’ with Can Altay at SALT, Galata, Istanbul (2014), and ‘The Promise’, Arnolfini, Bristol (2014). He has performed at many international venues including Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013), Objectif, Antwerp (2010), The Barbican, London (2011), Artist’s Space, New York (2009) and The ICA, London (2009).