X-TRA presents Artist Writes #3
Incense Sweaters & Ice
Screening & Conversation
Sunday, April 29, 2018
356 S. Mission Rd, Los Angeles
In conjunction with the publication of Martine Syms’s contribution to X-TRA Artist Writes and in partnership with 356 Mission, we are excited to present the Los Angeles premiere of Syms’s film Incense Sweaters & Ice, followed by the artist in conversation with curator Erin Christovale.
This program is part of X-TRA’s Artist Writes series, commissioned essays and lectures by A.L. Steiner, Andrea Fraser, Martine Syms, and Pope.L. Artist Writes is grounded in X-TRA’s mission to provide a platform for artists to define their own terms of engagement and to make meaningful contributions to the fields of criticism and theory.
About Incense Sweaters & Ice
This will be the Los Angeles premiere of Incense Sweaters & Ice (2017). First presented as an installation at MoMA in New York, this is the first Los Angeles showing of the single-channel version of the work. Shot on location in Los Angeles, Chicago and Clarksdale, Mississippi, the new feature-lenghth work by artist Martine Syms follows routes of the 20th century Great Migration of African Americans. Girl, the central character, is depicted in her daily life, and as she interacts with WB (White Boy) in person and over text message. This multi-location narrative is never overtly region-specific, yet is psychogeographic in origin. Similarly ambiguous, the camera occupies multiple vantages in the film including WB, the interviewer, and the omnipotent observer, serving to chart the ways we document ourselves and the lives of others.
While the chameleon-like role of the camera as silent observer deflects Syms’s role as director, her presence can still be felt off-screen, and in a brief cameo appearance. Interweaving biographical narratives with fiction, the film includes empowering interludes from Queen White, who delivers motivational monologues to the camera from a purple room, providing a soundtrack to Girl’s anxieties and meditations. By using purple as a signature device in many of her works, Syms refers to Alice Walker’s 1982 novel The Colour Purple: a recurring motif and reminder of the underlying oppressive racial structures, and their origins, in the United States.
Martine Syms (born 1988) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her recent solo exhibitions include Projects 106: Martine Syms, Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Easy Demands, CONDO: Bridget Donahue hosted by Sadie Coles HQ, London (both 2017) and Fact & Trouble, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2016). She has participated in numerous group shows including Future Generation Art Prize 2017, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Commercial Break, Public Art Fund, New York (2017) and Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016). She is founder of the independent publishing house Dominica.
Erin Christovale is the Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is also the curator of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George, which has screened both nationally and internationally in spaces such as MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco. Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and baby boy (2017) at Transmission Glasgow. She recently organized the 28th anniversary of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS with Vivian Crockett as part of Visual AIDS’ project, A Day With(Out) Art and is currently organizing Made in L.A. 2018 with Anne Ellegood at the Hammer Museum.
Support for the X-TRA Artist Writes series has been generously provided by the Michael Asher Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Isambard Kingdom Brunel Society of North America, and Pasadena Art Alliance.
X-TRA seeks interns
Andrea Fraser / Lecture at ICA LA
Spring Launch Event
with Lex Brown and Leslie Dick
Martine Syms / Screening and Conversation
XX-TRA 20th Anniversary Benefit
X-TRA at Acid-Free Los Angeles Book Market
Lynne Tillman + Kerry Tribe in conversation at The Broad
Malik Gaines presents A Jennifer Moon Songbook…
Patrick Staff presents CLEAN NEEDLES NOW & NOW
X-TRA Summer Sketchy Garden Party
Pope.L / Reading at The Underground Museum
Fall Launch Party!
X-TRA at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair
Workshop at The Broad
Simone Forti and Dorit Cypis in Conversation
Screening and Conversation with Aria Dean, Erin Chrisotvale, and Ulysses Jenkins
CALL FOR INTERNS
grantLOVE x Alisa Ratner prints to benefit X-TRA
X-TRA presents ARTISTS’ BOOKS CHANGE LIVES at LAABF 2017
X-TRA Spring Launch Event: The Heart and the Halt
ARTIST WRITES Lecture #1
X-TRA Summer Event
Looking at Performance: Guts, Lust and Kinks
20th Anniversary Reader Sale
CALL FOR INTERNS
Say Hello to the 20th Volume of XX-TRA!
Fall Launch Event: with Candice Lin and Miljohn Ruperto
Give a little XX-TRA this year.
X-TRA Thanks for the Anniversary Celebration and Party Pics!!
Immaterials and Proposals at the LA Art Book Fair
MEET & GREET 2016
LA in the AUGHTS: Benefit Auction and Party for X-TRA
X-TRA Spring Launch!
Call for submissions
X-TRA Editions: MARK HAGEN
Summer Launch: Hole Up with
X-TRA & Mark Hagen at ARTBOOK
Walkthrough of Barbara Kasten: Stages with Susanna Newbury
X-TRA at NY ART BOOK FAIR
Art Book Fair in Chinatown
X-TRA Fall Launch with Sarah Conaway, Travis Diehl and Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal
Art Isn’t Easy: End of Year Fundraiser and Membership Drive
X-TRA and Project X at the LA ART BOOK FAIR!
The Benefit of Friends Collected, Vol. 2: Book Fair Reception
1 IMAGE 1 MINUTE at the LAABF
Project X Forum 1: The First Show, 1992
Panel Discussion: On Art Practice, Theory, and the PhD.
Project X Desk Writer in Residence: Christiane Kues
Project X Forum 2: FAR Bazaar
X-TRA Spring Launch: The Conversation
Project X Forum 3: XTREME Research
The Benefit of Friends Collected
Panel and White Elephant Party
Project X Forum 4: Suitably Appointed
Project X Forum 5: Revisiting “Program for Paradise”
Project X Forum 6: Pair-A-Sites,
with Charles Gaines and Kerry Tribe
Project X Forum 8: Lost and Found with Nao Bustamante, Soo Kim, and HK Zamani
X-TRA Launch: Fall together
Xtreme Archive: Project X 1992-1999
Project X Forum 9: East of Eden, Profane Gardens
Spend Money on Amazon, Amazon Gives X-TRA Money
XTREME Launch Party!
SCALE: Launch Event for X-TRA 16.2
Cadavere Quotidiano: The first Project X Projects Paperback
LA in the 90s : Benefit Auction and Party for X-TRA and Project X
Cadavere Telephone: X-TRA and Cadavere Quotidiano Launch Party
2014 X-TRA Reader Survey!
Artist’s Tag Sale
X-TRA Summer Launch in Berlin
The Project X Desk at Outpost@Armory: Johanna Hedva
X-TRA and Project X at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair
X-TRA and Project X at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair
HELL: Shanaynay Library Party and Cadavere Quotidiano Paris Launch
Panel Discussion: What does art practice have to do with political activism?
X-TRA Fall Launch: Leslie Dick and Zackary Drucker in conversation
X-TRA at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair
X-TRA at the College Art Association Conference in New York
X-TRA presents Dont Rhine and Clean Needles Now
The X-TRA Art Sale
The Summer Event!: Conversation and Beer.
Destruction! And Monsters! Fall Launch Party and Screening
3 Ways to Make X-TRA’s Year End Right.
X-TRA presents Chinese Cocktail, a concert by Robert Wilhite
The Kitchen Table, reprise
Surfing & Smoking
Immaterials and Proposals, part deux
X-TRA at the NY Art Book Fair
15 Years in 15 Days: Day 1/ Stephen Berens presents The Los Angeles Times and Me
X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days
15 Years in 15 Days: Day 2 / Why Start An Art Magazine Now? (1997 / 2012)
15 Years in 15 Days: Day 3 / Debate Drawing Party
15 Years in 15 Days: Day 4 / MAK Center to support ARTISTS + INSTITUTIONS: Common Ground “What is the Common Ground for Artists and Institutions?”
15 Years in 15 Days: Day 5 / Revisiting the revisiting of feminism.
15 Years in 15 Days: Day 6 / X-TRA celebrates MATERIAL.
15 Years in 15 Days: Day 7 / Jan Tumlir presents Black and White Paintings and Albums, a talk with images and music.
William Leavitt presents Habitat
Micol Hebron presents 1 Image 1 Minute
The Art of Criticism, a panel discussion Organized and moderated by Damon Willick with Sharon Mizota, Doug Harvey, and Aram Moshayedi.
“Country Lessons” hosted by Vanessa Place
Performance: Leslie Dick’s “Boundary Lines” & PDAs by CamLab
FIRE IN THE LIBRARY: FIND BIG MIND, a cross discipline talk influenced by the work of Eugenia Butler
Chinese Cocktail listening party with Robert Wilhite
X-TRA=XV CAKE PARTY!!!
X-TRA hosts Happy Hour at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
Launch Event: X-TRA at Armory Center for the Arts with Marcos Lutyens
X-TRA’s 1 IMAGE 1 MINUTE 2011
Screening of the films of Gary Beydler
Amazon will donate to X-TRA every time you buy something using our link!
Artists & Writers Picnic
X-TRA at The Bash, the Co/Lab party for Art Platform
Immaterials and Proposals at Human Resources