SIGN OF THE NATION
A collaborative, multimedia project about signs
featuring artists Igor Alves, Yuri Alves and Bruno Miguel.
October 25, 2013 – January 4, 2014
October 25, 2013
7 pm – 11 pm
ABOUT SIGN OF THE NATION
Reality is rough for those who live in the periphery of the tropics. Almost always, due to the absence and responsibility of the government (the institutional power), the official character of the cityscape and its byways, is defined by the “official-like”. This universe of imagery is rich with degraded aesthetics and social dramas, and arises as a pillar of research for Brazil based artist Bruno Miguel. His works originate from existing structures like metal signs, decorative plates, planks and carpets, each imbued with inherited stories from existence in the real world, existing prior to appropriation by the artist, and aim to present a jumping off point in the artistic process.
His cousin, Newark, NJ based Igor Alves challenges us to develop critical “ways of seeing” our streetscape, and to reimagine the possibilities and consequences of signs in particular. His investigation highlights the not-so-accidental fecundity of the term sign, as well as the discursive roles played by signs in socio-political power dynamics.
Despite their preeminence within the officialscape, signs risk an invisibility of ubiquity.
Igor’s brother, Newark-raised and Los Angeles, CA based filmmaker, Yuri Alves shifts the experience of signs into the realm of the highly personal and relational. His digital media exploits notions of where signs belong, what they look like, what they do, and in the process explores whether signs can stretch beyond the physical and into the existential. Alves’ study leads him (and his characters) to the concept of “ghost signs” – objects created in our individual imagination but trapped in the confines of our shared memory.
Signs are extraordinary in their claim to the ordinary.
Sign of the Nation will live at Solo(s) Project House from Oct. 25, 2013 – Jan 4, 2014 and will open to the public with a reception, Oct. 25, 2013 from 7 – 11 pm.
SPH is located at 972 Broad St. in the arts district of downtown Newark, NJ. It is free and open to the public, Wednesday – Friday from 12 – 6pm.
AfterParty provided by Hellz Kitchen, located at 150 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ.