Dave Greber at the Lousiana State Museum

Fresh Off the Turnip Truck

November 6, 2010 through January 20, 2011
Louisiana State Museum
632 Dumaine Street, Madame John’s Legacy
(504) 568-6968
http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/
Tues – Sun
10am – 4:30 pm


New Orleans has always been a place that attracts artists from other parts of the country and world. That influx, which has continued—arguably under exceptional circumstances—in the last five years, is the topic of this exhibition. Fresh Off the Turnip Truck examines the work of accomplished young artists who are all, to a degree, recent arrivals in the city. Dave Greberis one of these artists.

  “Everywhere” still from PumpkinPencil, 2010 / 0’50” HD video loop

Artist Statement:
I want viewers to understand my message without insulting their intelligence or by preaching.  My art makes me laugh and it is intended to make the viewer laugh as a physical manifestation of deeper understanding.  

I make art to expose culturally degenerative memes overlooked by the general public. I create a skeleton “commercials” built from the tone, cadence, verbal and graphic illusions that comprise a corporate propaganda campaigns. I then fill the shell with my own agenda and reveal the form itself as hypnotically manipulative. I infuse them with my own contemporary style and present them as a seamless video loop, which translates them from a parasitic language to one of viewer empowerment.

 http://www.thesculpted.com/

Prospect 1.5 Proposal:
Madame John’s Legacy is two blocks from Jackson Square where, rain or shine, for a small donation, you can consult with one of New Orleans’ finest tarot card readers.  To me, the art of Tarot breaks down complicated cultural phenomena and reveals its nature by applying archetypes to the situation.  The unconscious choice of a random card can suddenly illuminate the truth that one could not face without the metaphor.   

In order to uncover the nature of the unconscious forces guiding the human race through the 21st century, I deconstructed a contemporary television show down to its archetypal elements by filtering it through the lens of tarot card interpretation. I used NBC’s Deal or No Deal as my example global popular culture, because identical versions of the show exist in over 60 countries worldwide. This cultural universality inherent in the format is a manifestation of the zeitgeist and deserves investigation.   

I created a four-channel video projection where each screen is an independent scene or character from the television show and functions as a card in the tarot spread.  The cards were created using up to 20 layers of video, shot “from scratch” and unified in a temporally specific collage.  Each card is a loop of a different length, so when projected together they create randomly assembled visual and audio experience.

Much like the city of New Orleans, this project draws from distinct layers of culture to create its form.  By synthesizing polarities, (Fate vs. Free Will, Spiritual vs. Material, Analog vs. Digital) the end result can can something colorful, beautiful, and tangible.  

 

“LOL” still from NanoSwarm Projections, 2010 / 3-channel video loop

Education
Temple University — B.A., Film and Media Arts, 2005
http://www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_programs/schools_colleges/sct/programs/fma/sct_fma.shtm

Universiteit van Amsterdam - Semester at the International School of Social Sciences 2004
http://www.ishss.uva.nl/

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology - NOCTI Certified Video Production, 2001
http://www.mbit.org/middlebucksiot/site/default.asp

Solo Exhibitions 
Primer
, The Front, New Orleans, LA  May, 2010
http://www.nolafront.org/pages/archive-%20may10.htm

Selected Group Exhibitions 
Sports
, The Front, New Orleans, LA, July 2010
http://www.nolafront.org/pages/archive-%20july10.htm

 Baltimore vs. The World, Current Gallery, Baltimore MD, July-Aug. 2010http://www.currentspace.com/

 Heat/Humidity, 930 Toulouse, New Orleans, LA, May 2010  
ArtVentures, Louisiana ArtWorks, New Orleans, LA, May 2010
http://www.louisianaartworks.org/

 Sovereign Screens, Indie Grits Film Festival, Columbia, SC, April 2010
http://www.indiegrits.com/Indie-Grits-Film-Submission.php

 Refresh, The Front, New Orleans, LA, 2010 
http://www.nolafront.org/pages/archive-%20feb10.htm

 

“Wisdom=Guidance Quantified” still from Wisdom, 2010 / 0’35” video loop