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Selina Trepp

Coffee Grounds and Consequences

Elastic Arts is pleased to announce Coffee Grounds and Consequences, an exhibition by Selina Trepp.

Trepp’s exhibition will revolve around an installation and a projection, both of which will change continually over the duration of the show’s 3 months.

Over the course of the exhibition, Trepp will create new animations that are projected in the space as well as distributed online.  These animations are short loops, they take up little bandwidth, and are made for web distribution. They are public service announcements that speak to our present political moment, pondering the question of what artistic communities can do and should be doing in the context of the backdrop of recent swings in the country’s socio-political pendulum, while offering positive feedback and encouragement. The videos are an antidote. The installation, meanwhile, reconstitutes a personal experience the artist had over 15 years ago involving fortune-telling via coffee grounds:

In 2001 I spent the night Arielle’s house in London. At the time she lived with Banu, who is a pro coffee grounds reader. Banu offered to read my cup, but when she saw the cup she said that she couldn’t read it after all.  She was obviously a bit freaked out, and so was I. After some prodding she said that she could tell me some things, but that it was difficult because my cup was entirely covered by a dense pattern. There were no distinctive zones in that cup. Reading cups is based on zones, their contents and relationships. My cup refused this mode of reading. She had three things to say:
1. I would be successful in my art career by the time I’m 38.
2. My success wouldn’t be about money or glory.
3. I am incapable of compartmentalization in any area of my life. Everything is connected.

Together, the animation and the installation act as mapping out of the interconnections between Trepp’s studio practice, conceptual provocations, and political impetus. As both are altered over the next three months, the artist will re-calibrate in real time how each piece relates to the other.

Exhibition Dates: on view at all events and Thursdays 1-4pm from March 13th through May 27th (and by appointment during this time)
Reception: Sunday April 2nd 3-6pm
Artist Website: www.selinatrepp.info

Elastic’s visual arts program is curated by Jordan Martins.


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