Jennifer Chan (CAN)
Sea of Men
2-29/11 2015

Curated by Andreas Knag-Danielsen 

Galleri CC is proud to present Jennifer Chan's first solo exhibition in Sweden!

"All men are islands. And what's more, this is the time to be one. This is an island age. A hundred years ago, for example, you had to depend on other people. No one had TV or CDs or DVDs or home espresso makers. As a matter of fact they didn't have anything cool. Whereas now you can make yourself a little island paradise. With the right supplies, and more importantly the right attitude, you can become sun-drenched, tropical, a magnet for young Swedish tourists."

Will Freeman, About A Boy. (2002)

1995: Did Bill Clinton really?
1996: Can men and women be friends?
1997: Do men get violent because of Marilyn Manson?
1998: Should men dress better?
1999: Which Backstreet Boy Is Gay?
2000: Can men be ethically non-monogamous
2001: Is it cool to have gay friends?
2002: Can men and women really be friends?
2003: Are men making more money than women
2004: Do men have to go to war?
2005: Can men be feminists?
2006: Do men like dancing alone?
2007: Does metrosexual mean gay?
2008: Are men still making more money than women
2009: Should men get alimony?
2010: Is it true that men eat their young?
2011: Should men get paternity leave
2012: Are men capable of childrearing?
2013: Do men have feelings?
2014: Male retirees need videogames and cheetos
2015: Are men too fragile? Are men terrorists?
2016: Should men chop their dicks off?

It is 2015. Masculinity enters its forty-something-ith year of decline since the Second Wave. Paleo diets, birth control, steroids, night shifts, climate change, gun control, mortgage loans, and Sex And The City spelled the End of Men.

I looked you up on the internet. Swipe right for a good time. What are you but another lamb on the market?

Not all men are islands. Some float aimlessly from shore to shore. Others create empires on their continents. And even more cling to each other like hovering algae.
Some are dense and stocky like marble, stale like a full-bodied wine that's been left open for too long. Some are elusive and charming, chameleons sunbathing in plain sight.

I remember every man I've kissed, most of their mouths overtook mine and their tongues wriggled with wet enthusiasm. Some men hunt and some men steal. Some swim upstream to spawn and disappear.
You are floating in a sea of men. Their bodies slither around you like eels on a dancefloor.

Sea of Men shows my admiration and contempt for the best and worst of masculinity.

Jennifer Chan makes remix videos, gifs and websites that contend with gendered affects of media culture. Chan had solo presentations at Transmediale 2013 (Germany), Future Gallery (Berlin), The Nightingale (Chicago), Images Festival (Toronto), Vox Populi (Philadelphia) and recently LTD (Los Angeles). Her work has been featured in Art Forum, Rhizome, Leap, Furtherfield, Sleek Magazine, and Dazed Digital. She recently produced commissions for Artslant, Mexico Projects and Kunsthaus Langenthal. Chan was born in Ottawa (Canada) and is currently completing a fall residency sponsored by Iaspis at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts.

Review in Kunstkritikk:

Body party (2015)
196 x 245 cm

Tristan (2013)
Digital print on microfiber
211 x 165 cm

Rose (2015)
Sponge soap 

Mutual/Idealism (2015)

Potrait of my lover by my best friend (2015)
Dessicated orchids in resin
Sculpture by Paul Esposito

Dad, mom and me (2015)
Carved soap on pillow

Nicholas (2013)
Digital print on microfiber
211 x 165 cm

Young Money (2012)
Digital video
08:21 min