"Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics" in LookOut! Art Gallery

January 17, 2015 (All day) - February 13, 2015 (All day)
Location: 
LookOut! Art Gallery
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48825
United States

The RCAH is sponsoring the fourth annual artist in residence exhibition in the series “Perspectives on African-American Experience: Emerging Visions,” with support from the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, MSU Surplus Store, and MSU Department of Art, Art History, & Design.

Artists Justin Randolph Thompson and Bradly Dever Treadaway will be in residency in the RCAH from January 17 through January 24, 2015, and will exhibit Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics in the RCAH's LookOut! Art Gallery from January 26 through February 13, 2015.

All of the following events for Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics are free and open to the public:

  • Residency: January 17-24, 2015
  • Workshops: throughout residency with classes; all welcome on afternoon of January 19 & 23
  • Performance & Reception: January 22, 2015: 4 p.m., LookOut! Art Gallery. Reception with artists to follow; light refreshments will be served.
  • Exhibition: January 26-February 13, 2015

The LookOut! is open Monday through Friday, 12 to 3 p.m.

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics:

The work of Justin Randolph Thompson and Bradly Dever Treadaway explores generational divisions, cultural fragmentation, cross-racial dialogues, and the disparate knowledge of identities created by collective imagination instead of through institutional and personal records. Reflecting on assumptions about how patriotism is defined, it juxtaposes elements from the American folk legacy and from African-American oppositional struggles with mainstream cultural features and their legacy of oppression.

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics draws its title from Mark Twain's classification of three types of lies and the capacity of numbers to misconstrue or suppress subversive political agendas. It employs photography, video, sound-based sculpture, performance, and installation to challenge notions of classification as they are applied to artistic practice and to socio-political understandings.

Lowering their historical anchor in 1954, the year of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Thompson and Treadaway collaborate with student researchers to uncover family, MSU, and Lansing area archival materials. They lead student artmakers, through workshops, multimedia installation, and performance, to examine the force of historical amnesia, abandoned history, social schisms, and stagnant revolution in relation to what possibilities may exist to reinvigorate fallen monuments of progress.

View a recent performance of Thompson and Treadaway's with a collaboration with artists, interns and staff of Salem Art Works as well as community members of Peekskill, NY.

Meet the artists:

Justin Randolph Thompson is a sculptor and new media artist born in Peekskill, NY. Living between Italy and the US since 2001, he has exhibited internationally and participated in numerous residencies in the US and Europe. Accolades include a 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany award, a 2013 Emerging Artists Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, and a Visual Arts Grant from the Fundación Marcelino Botin in Santander, Spain.

Bradly Dever Treadaway is a Brooklyn, NY, based new media artist utilizing photography, video, film, and installation to address issues of legacy and intergenerational communication. Treadaway was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy and his work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock.