Eve Fowler These Sounds Fall Into My Mind
Morán Morán is pleased to present Eve Fowler’s exhibition titled These Sounds Fall Into My Mind, the artist’s first show with the gallery, which includes a film, video, and six wall pieces. All together, these works focus on her continued interest in the intersection of language, text, and the feminist perspective in contemporary art.
Her short video, which shares the same title as the exhibition, consists of a sequence of blue frames that shift slightly in tone as they cycle through two minutes, each containing a single line of text at the bottom. The words on the screen animate a staccato poem, read aloud, one that contains lines written by Fowler intermixed with excerpts from works by Lydia Davis, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Oscar Wilde, among others. Each line strings together with the next as a pastiche of prose that combines into an original piece that abstractly speaks to a life, memory, and mortality.
From this video, Fowler created six wall pieces, made with car paint on aluminum, which appear like enlarged stills. The starkly minimal works are reminiscent of billboards or signs because of their execution, but also suggest subtitles, yet they are without a scene to contextualize them – the white text hovers on blue backdrops, exclaiming mid-sentence phrases such as “the sun, one black one red” or “the lake of my mind, unbroken by oars.”
In addition to the video and wall works, Fowler will project her film with it which it as it if it is to be, Part II. Approximately 30 minutes in length, this piece is the culmination of a yearlong project that documented 20 women artists who are in the later years of their career, in their studios, or interacting with their work. As with the text video, this work too has an audio component, this time the voice of different artists from the film reading Gertrude Stein’s Many Many Women. The oration is a like a stream of consciousness, a repetitive sound, which is hypnotic and provocative in its consideration of the lives and works of these prolific artists.
Eve Fowler (b. 1964, Philadelphia, PA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of Temple University (BA, 1986), and Yale University (MFA, 1992), Fowler has had solo exhibitions at DCA Scotland; Participant Inc, NY; and in Sydney Australia at ArtSpace. Her work was included in Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project organized by LAND, in 2014. Her book Anyone Telling Anything Is Telling That Thing was published by Printed Matter in September of 2013. Her second book, Hustlers, was published in May of 2014, by Capricious Publishing. Fowler’s recent film with it which it as it if it is to be (2016) screened at LA MOCA; the Lumber Room, Portland, OR; and at The Tate St. Ives, in 2018. Her work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The New Museum, New York; and The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. In addition to her studio practice, Fowler organizes Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles, and she just completed a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute.
All images: These Sounds Fall Into My Mind, 2019. Photography courtesy of Morán Morán