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CAROLINE DAVID
LEENA JOSHI
VANESSA LEIVA SANTOS
ERIN MORRIS


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UNDERGROUND BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS
27 OCTOBER – 6 DECEMBER 2019

Curated by Ruthie Natanzon













Sites of use and loss are probed. Houses, bodies, and memories degenerate. We make impressions, build systems of time. Dust accumulates, clothes and papers pile up on the kitchen table. Development encroaches and landscapes suffer. We forcefully forget the thing that happened. It will never be as it was, and we carry the weight of this knowledge with us to new places and new loves.

In acknowledgement or in denial, we are seated by this sensation of entanglement with our prototypes. It presents us with the possibility of proceeding into the future, but its image is destabilized. In an attempt to manage pain, we might desire to emerge as a negation of our own materiality. We may become afflicted by a sensuous identification with things that have never lived, but are constituted entirely by organic material compressed by time. We can become rock. Or, we might want to be like air (its own sort of time container, an invisible hand) — we might move or erode and thus loosen history. Now, self-constructed and elementary, we are free of downloads. We notice the desire to make ourselves anew from sand blown in from under the door.

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Caroline David (b. Santa Barbara, CA) is an artist living and working in Berlin. David's practice primarily uses sculpture to discuss the entangled themes of love, loss, power, nature, and the preservation of the Earth. Her work has been shown at In Lieu, Sears Peyton Gallery, and New Image Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and Horse and Pony in Berlin.

Leena Joshi's work explores the lateral roots of race, gender, queerness, and labor through interdisciplinary configurations, including text, video, performance, and objects. Their current projects consider intimacy and ephemerality within the digital as protective/productive measures for minoritarian people. Leena’s written works and poetry can be found in The Felt, Monday: The Jacob Lawrence Gallery Journal, Tagvverk, La Norda Specialo, Poor Claudia, and bluestockings magazine, among others. They are an MFA candidate in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.

Vanessa Leiva Santos (b. Bogota, Colombia, 1994) immigrated to the United States and grew up in Michigan, Florida, and Santa Marta, Colombia. They currently live and work in Brooklyn, NY. As a student at the Cooper Union, Leiva Santos was heavily involved in student organizing efforts against the institution’s decision to charge tuition. Since graduating in 2017 they have worked in sculpture, drawing, and video. Their work explores affect production as a device, the soliciting of an empathetic response to inanimate objects, and the gendering of objects through simple cultural signifiers. Leiva Santos was an artist-in-residence at SOMA Mexico City (2017), and at Materia Abierta (2019).

Erin Morris is an art teacher from Raleigh, North Carolina, currently living in Queens, NY. Her sculpture and images center around the movement of time in the spaces we occupy. Looking at time through this lens, Morris imagines new calendars formed in the impressions, crumbs, and junk we leave behind. What kinds of holidays could be on such a calendar, and would those holidays qualify to suspend alternate side parking for a day? Morris recently participated in I Only Count the Sunny Hours, a group show organized at Red Shed Community Garden in Brooklyn, New York.



UNDERGROUND    BUREAU
OF     INVESTIGATIONS


116 N SANTA RITA  AVE
BASEMENT         UNIT
TUCSON, ARIZONA 85719