What Lies Hidden Behind the Electronic Lip?: Jeffrey Stuker
Hunter / Whitfield is pleased to present What Lies Hidden Behind the Electronic Lip?, a solo exhibition by Jeffrey Stuker.
In My Metal Gullet, Stuker has produced a ten-minute motion picture, made entirely from computer-generated models of an historical object. The ‘LIP R148’ appeared in 1968 as the first electronic watch in Europe. By the spring of 1973, the factory in which this watch was fabricated became the centre of a revolt, one which has been lamentably excluded from the reported history of this era.
Contemporary life is mediated by electronic images of an increasingly mobile and wearable variety. The film traces the connection between the electrical components in the watch and the logic boards which now silently quantify every aspect of our public and intimate lives. In constructing an electronic image of this circuitry, My Metal Gullet creates a point of contact between the subject it depicts and the technology that made this depiction possible.
As the watch movement in the film is gradually dismembered before our eyes, the viewer will recognize the growing detachment of the representation of time from the mechanism that produced it. As the date wheel falls away from the gears that once animated it, the narrative offers an alternate calendar of historical remembrance.
Jeffrey Stuker (b. 1979, Colorado, USA) is an artist and writer about art under various insignia, both fictional and actual. He has taught at Yale and Wesleyan universities. He is the fashion editor at Art Handler and the director of the SEELD Library, Los Angeles branch. His images and articles have recently appeared in Artforum, Mousse and Prism of Reality. Recent exhibitions include To Capture What The Bird