Suite for Absynth in D minus USB 1008 by Jeremy Couillard
Curated for Daata Editions by yours mine & ours gallery
Titles and digitally altered music from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008 form the backdrop for each environment where a rat duck man named Uncle Sad Bedroom travels through fantastical video game versions of different moons in our solar system trying to find his place.
Through the lens of colorful futuristic and fantastical environments, Couillard’s work often exposes the disconnect between the modern lived life and the desire for greater meaning and understanding—be it spiritual or sentimental. In Suite for Absynth in Minus USB 1008, the viewer follows Uncle Sad Bedroom on his journey through video game versions of different moons in our solar system. As with much of Couillard’s work there is an empathy as Uncle Sad Bedroom tries to navigate his place in these moons. Set to the music of digitally altered Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, the six videos take the viewer through imagined worlds of forests and urban environments—all with visual queues to our current landscape—text about a trip to Oyster Bay, a futuristic MTA bus sign, or a tai chi studio.
Jeremy Couillard, (b. 1980, Livonia, MI) lives and works in New York City. He graduated in 2012 from Columbia University with an MFA in painting. Couillard has exhibited internationally including The Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Trafo, Szczecin, Poland; the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center with Ben Hall, New York, NY; Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (solo); Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo) and Louis B. James, New York, NY (solo).
He recently completed a virtual reality video presented by the New Museum and Rhizome and an installation built around his video game Alien Afterlife at yours mine & ours gallery in New York, NY. Couillard’s work has been written about in VICE, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Blouin Art Info, Art in America and more. He was also recently awarded a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Digital Media. Couillard has been Assistant Professor of New Media at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York since 2014.
Jeremy Couillard has been curated for Daata Editions by yours, mine & ours gallery.
Opened in 2016, yours mine & ours is a contemporary gallery located in Chinatown founded by Courtney Childress, Patton Hindle, and RJ Supa. The gallery selected Jeremy Couillard to be commissioned by Daata Editions to create a series of 6 narrative video works.
RELEASED ON DAATA EDITIONS ON SEPT 18