Deluxe Dreams chapbook launch
19 Sept 2019, 7-9p
home school is excited to announce our publication of the debut chapbook by E. Jane: Deluxe Dreams or while hiding away I still think of the world while trying to love myself. Join us on 19 September 2019, 7-9pm for the chapbook release!
This triptych comprises google doc notes, social media posts (some deleted, some never posted, some possibly still online), song lyrics written from E. Jane’s underground pop star alter ego MHYSA, and digital collages building on previous work in the iterative installation Lavendra/Recovery (2015-), which feature Black R&B Divas from the 90s in fantastical dreamscapes with their images taken from an archive of 90s music videos ripped from YouTube.
Deluxe Dreams is part of home school press, an experiment in publication as part of our 2019 residency with Yale Union, with support from Container Corps. If you are interested in preordering a copy, reach out via DM or at portland dot home dot school at gmail dot com.
E. Jane is a Black woman, conceptual artist, sound designer and musician. Their work is a critical inquiry surrounding softness, safety, Alice Walker’s womanism, futurity, cyberspace and how subjugated bodies navigate media/the media. Their interdisciplinary practice incorporates text, digital images, video, performance, sound-based, sculpture, textile and installation works. A central facet of Jane’s practice lies in their performance persona, MHYSA, an underground popstar for the cyber resistance. MHYSA operates in Jane’s Lavendra/Recovery (2015-), an iterative multimedia installation, and out in the world. Jane considers this project a total work of art, or Gesamtkunstwerk, that expresses their interdisciplinary approach to art and praxis surrounding Black liberation and womanism. MHYSA released the Hivemind EP on NON in early 2016 and was listed in Artforum’s “Best of 2016: Music”. Her debut album, fantasii, was released on Halcyon Veil in 2017 to glowing reception, including many year-end music lists. In 2018, she followed her debut with a live audio-visual experience touring Europe and North America. Highlight performances include the ICA and Cafe OTO in London, 3HD in Berlin, NRML in Mexico City, Borealis in Bergen, Rewire in The Hague, Counterflows in Glasgow, Donau in Krems, Moogfest in Durham and HOCO Fest in Tucson where she opened for Dean Blunt and Lil B.
Born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1990 and based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, E. Jane received their MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and a BA in Art History with minors in English and Philosophy from Marymount Manhattan College in New York in 2012. They have shown work at The Kitchen, MoCADA and MoMA PS1 as one half of sound duo SCRAAATCH. They have also shown at CP Projects Space and Studio Museum 127 in New York, Gallery 400 and Museum Of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Visual Arts Center (Austin), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland), Edel Assanti and IMT Gallery (London), Bar Babette (Berlin), Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow), Dawid Radziszewski Gallery (Warsaw), Gstaad, Switzerland and Tensquared Gallery (online). In 2015, Jane wrote the NOPE manifesto, which was published by the Brooklyn-based digital publishers, Codette. They were a 2016 recipient of the Wynn Newhouse Award and their installation, Lavendra/Recovery, has been shown as solo exhibitions entitled “Lavendra” both at American Medium in Brooklyn, NY in 2017 and at Glasgow International 2018 in Scotland.
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