WHY ALL THINGS HAPPEN
Curated by Ruslana Lichtzier
7.1 - 7.31
Opening Reception Friday, 7.1. 7pm - 10pm
"Time passes in moments... moments which, rushing past, define the path of a life, just as surely as they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path, to see the reasons why all things happen, to consider whether the path we take in life is our own making, or simply one into which we drift eyes closed. But what if we could stop, pause to take stock of each precious moment before it passes? Might we then see the endless forks in the road that have shaped a life? And, seeing those choices, choose another path?" -- Dana Scully
I hope you are well and that your work has come easily. I just wanted to touch base so that I don't fall too far out of reach... The above picture is a still of the actor I was working with in Lima. Nick is like an early 20's type I met while he was selling weed in the touristy neighborhood of Miraflores. He also mentioned an interest in recycled credit card numbers and third-party airline tickets and other entrepreneurial ideas. Regardless, he's a pretty quick and ambitious person and we became friends. He and I spent a day working at the beach with my camera and microphones to and end which I was horribly unprepared for, but is yet very promising and much of the work we did together will be used in my new video 'On my way to the pyramids to find the aliens.'
It was the first time he had ever tried Jameson... which is like a big deal thing here, and I was able to record his eyes beaming after the server set down two large glasses just for us, interrupting his central dialogue, in a 5 star restaurant built into the sea-- built into a place where neither of us belonged.
I am now in Bolivia and am set up to work with some actors whom I met using the Tinder app. Though I do not intend on developing any physical relationships with them as I have recently been through some unique experiences that have left me significantly less interested the sexual understanding of an individual, as much as fully coming to terms with the political and environmental factors that lend to such uniqueness. I have now stayed for days along places that do not have or need running water, and met with anybody that would talk to me in my poor excuse for the Castellano language (about alien sightings and things that will never really matter), and I can tell you that I used to be very confident that most people wanted the same things. Now I feel like I know nothing of wants and desires and that for most, this seems all silly and pointless-- much like modernist poetry.
There are images that can make anyone realize how large the world really is, make the human experience evaporate into a narrative of incomprehensible other humans, or other human times, or even ourselves (in a sci fi kind of way). I think this is why I love the times that we live in so much-- even though they can feel so dark-- and perhaps some of these images, during our time, are best never actually seen but rather spoken. Like a week ago when I was wandering around the outskirts of the tourist city called Cusco, in a scarce area, during some heated protesting in the city, which had left most civic workers either on strike or overworked and unable to deal with common city services like traffic policing and waste management. I probably walked near 4 various sized dog carcasses lying stiff and bloated on the side walk and in the median. I remember the nearby children absently playing what sounded like Pirates of the Caribbean acted out with sticks. At one point, I must have been within 3 meters of a dog actually eating another dog.
Again, I hope you are well and I will try to be better about keeping in touch. I am in La Paz until the 12th unless I stay for longer.
Charles Fogarty, born in the US, is an artist and a writer, who predominantly works with video and performance. Fogarty studied Conceptual Art and Political Science at Dallas County Community College and The Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, Fogarty was featured in the CODEC Video Festival from Mexico City. Fogarty spent last year traveling around and working in Central and South America.
Ruslana Lichtzier is a writer, curator and artist. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, she received her BFA with honors from Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Jerusalem, Israel) and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (Illinois). Her background as a migrant is a principal force in creating cultural productions that push toward the radicalization of differences while highlighting ethical stands. Considering herself a subject of history, her work links between the highly personal and the political sphere. Recent productions include the 2015 research project in form of a group exhibition Terrorists in The Library, at Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois, and the group exhibition Familiar Malaise, which was completed as part of a curatorial fellowship at ACRE in Chicago, Illinois. Lichtzier is currently head curator of Efrain Lopez Gallery (Chicago, Illinois) and an instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.