New Work by TJ Proechel and Daniel Shea
Friday, July 11th, 2014
TJ Proechel and Daniel Shea
An exhibition which explores notions of history, landscape and mythology. Their installation of objects, images, and texts considers landscape's ability to create national and social identities. Proechel's project reimagines the historical process of translation by considering it as a site of colonization. His project traces the first Spanish missionaries in the San Francisco Bay, the character, "Worf," from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and his grandfather, Reverend Glen Proechel's, translation of The Bible into the Klingon language. Shea's photographs explore the meaning and social value of post-industrial debris and conditions as told through the narrative of a fictional coal town, Blisner. The work is extracted from a forthcoming monograph that focuses on the facade of Blisner's downtown area and the city's attempts to maintain the veneer of a former and more prosperous moment. Anchored by two opposing landscape photographs that establish sites of locality and research, the exhibition presents a collaborative selection of objects and individual works that compile recent projects and possible new directions.