Jody Joyner: Silent Feast
September 15 – October 14, 2018; extended through November 4, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, September 15, 6 – 8 PM
Special cocktail event with Mackensie Griffin of Table of Contents Supper Club: 4 – 6 PM, $50
Closing reception with the artist: Saturday, November 3, 4 – 6 PM
6BASE is pleased to present Jody Joyner: Silent Feast, a solo exhibition on view September 15 through October 14, 2018. Marking the tenth exhibition in the space, this show will feature new and recent works by Los Angeles-based artist Jody Joyner.
Through her practice, Joyner explores temporality, place, and the existence of organic materials, which she incorporates into her compositions. Her presentation at 6BASE addresses historical notions of still life and is loosely inspired by the themes employed in Italo Calvino’s 1983 novel Mr. Palomar, which reflect and observe the phenomena of the world through visual, cultural, and speculative experiences. Of these works made on site, Joyner writes:
A cast of scraps litters the face of the planet. At this point on earth, 40.802958, -73.913416, here in this very room, the scraps consist of three fish eye balls suspended in sockets, six cantaloupes, aquarium sand, thousands of chia seeds, a large corn cob holder and several shrimp coated in shrimp powder.
Is it the hour before dinner, or the hour after?
What time is of day is it? What week? What year? Everyone says it’s 2018, no...it must be 290 or 2900 A.D.
Either way, someone is eating something, and chia seeds are a material. Extremities are active; reaching out, touching the hard skin of a cantaloupe as it softens, finding a chia seed lodged between their toes.
Surfaces are granular with physical pixels, made from sands and seeds. A body is felt as a thing; object-like. How many times a day do you think about your foot hitting the bottom of your shoe?
For me this is a hard question to answer. I’ve tried several times to count, but of course the counting brings my attention to the sensation and thus disproportionately increases the number of times I consciously register this moment of contact between foot and shoe. Without counting, I would guess about six times a day, but really there is no way to know.
On view are several sculptures and wall works, many made of cast aluminum and silicone. The printed images are created by a UV flatbed printing technique, which inscribes a photographic image onto sheets of sand and seeds. Through this process, the artist transforms the static images of organic materials by exposing its interior parts and creates compositions that are beyond the subjective forms of the original food items.
On occasion of Jody Joyner: Silent Feast, Mackensie Griffin of Table of Contents Supper Club will present a curated menu of hors d'oeuvres and drinks inspired by Joyner’s works from 4 - 6 PM on Saturday, September 15, at 6BASE. All proceeds will benefit the artist’s program and the chef.
Jody Joyner was born in Tucson, Arizona and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Since 2016, she has been a visiting lecturer in studio art at Colorado College in Colorado Springs where she received her B.A. from in 2010. Joyner received her Post-Baccalaureate from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, in 2013 and her M.F.A. from Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, in 2016. Her work has been shown nationally in exhibitions held at UC Santa Barbara, California (2017); Coburn Gallery at Colorado College; Abrons Art Center, New York; Green Gallery, New Haven (both 2016); Sam’s Space, New Haven (2015); Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn (2014); Industry City, Brooklyn; FAB Gallery, Richmond, Virginia (both 2013); among others. Joyner is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Al Held Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Yale University; the Josef Albers Traveling Fellowship, Yale University (both 2015); the Merit Scholarship, the VCU Post-Baccalaureate Program (2013); and Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (2010-2011).
Mackensie Griffin was born in Connecticut and currently lives and works in New York. She received her B.A. from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York and her M.A. in Food Studies from New York University. She founded Table of Contents, a Supper Club featuring menus and a table inspired by works of literature, in 2015. Since then, she has hosted multiple dinners at Court Tree Collective in Brooklyn with menus drawn from Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises; Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland; Herman Melville’s Moby Dick; among others.