Activate: Market Street Featured Artist Alex Scott Cumming

Lawless Innovation by a Timeless Generation
Activate: Market Street 11
Alex Scott Cumming
In collaboration with Ngu Asongwed and Jasmine Mans

February 11th – April 1st, 2017
Opening Reception February 11th 7-10pm @ Gallery Aferro

Alex Scott Cumming is a multidisciplinary artist. Their work is currently inspired by theories of memory, phenomenology, tarot, anarchism, and archives. Cumming has an active sculpture and installation practice, as well as collage and illustration. They write and self publish zines. From Essex County, New Jersey, Cumming is still currently a community member and organizer, working within DIY art and music spaces and creating others as collaborative practices. Alex Scott Cumming began working as Exhibit Designer at Gallery Aferro in 2014, and prior to that created with Oculus Art Collaborative in site-specific installations and gallery exhibitions.

Lawless Innovation for a Timeless Generation is a collaborative exhibition between Alex Scott Cumming, Jasmine Mans, and Ngu Asongwed for Gallery Aferro’s Activate: Market Street 11. The exhibition includes “67BRXSQAD”, Ngu Asongwed’s ongoing video journal within the first installation. Its footage of Newark, some shot by Asongwed himself and other artists, is presented within a “living room”. Locations in the footage, playing in a continuous loop, are familiar to viewers. This contrast of sculpture and film act as the “memory of the present” written of by Paolo Virno in Déjà Vu and the End of History and a “historical a priori” of Michel Foucault in Archaeology of Knowledge. The words of Jasmine Mans, a poet, are presented in the second installation by banners and shapes. Banners and shapes meet text to address our ability to speak and define experience as individuals and communities. The final installation is a structure resemblant of Pennsylvanian coal mine tipples as photographed by Bernd and Hilla Becher. The structure is built replicating the seemingly spontaneous construction of these tipples, some built by miners for mines abandoned during the Great Depression. In addition to the structure, this installation includes New Jersey state law books. As a whole, Activate: Market Street 11 presents interpretations of memory, language, labor, and law in poetry, sculpture, and video.

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