Who Do You Think You Are I Am
Casey Kauffmann MFA Thesis Exhibition
Virtual Exhibition on view Aug 1 - 9
Virtual Artist Talk & Walk-Through
Aug 5, 7:30 pm
Virtual Artist Talk and Walk-through: Aug 5, 7:30pm
Casey Kauffmann is an interdisciplinary artist whose digital and drawing practices address the contemporary performance of self as it relates to her experience of femme representation, social media, and reality television. Longform video, drawings, and screen installation works will be presented in her upcoming thesis exhibition, Who Do You Think You Are I Am. Comprised of GIFs, videos, and still images, Kauffmann’s digital works are rooted in collage practice and the classical net art process of the online search, aggregation, and manipulation of “poor images.” In artist and writer Hito Steyerl’s Seminal essay, “In Defense of The Poor Image,” she describes poor images as low-resolution images that have degraded in quality due to their consistent exchange through online image economies and networks. This degradation indicates an alternative system of valuation based on popularity and shareable file size rather than resolution which Steyerl characterizes as an inherently classist and elitist metric.
Kauffmann was born in 1989 in the San Fernando Valley, received her BA from the Evergreen State College, and is now based in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown at such venues as The Brand Library, Transfer Gallery, Leimin Space, Elevator Mondays, Femmebit, and has been featured in such publications as the New Yorker, r Vice, and Hyperallergic. Kauffmann’s phone-collage Instagram project @uncannysfvalley which started in 2014 launched her career and led to her admission to the MFA program at USC. This Instagram project inspired the artist’s ongoing collage video work, Knowing Others and Wanting To Be Known, an episodic long-form piece suited to the Instagram sized attention-span. Her series of drawings, GIFs, and digital works entitled Who is She? function through a generative process of transference between the physical and digital augmentation of images addressing hysterical representations of femme expression and emotion within art history and contemporary culture. Both ongoing projects will be included in her thesis exhibition Who Do You Think You Are I Am.
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