Minnesota Street Project and 2291 3rd Street Gallery presents And more dogs., an exhibition by Oakland-based artist Jess Smith. The exhibition, curated by Teresa Goodman, will run through October 10, 2015.
Since it opened in mid-September, a narrative has unfolded within the exhibition, inspired by a live streaming surveillance feed of a “doggie daycare” in San Francisco found on Opentopia — a website that hosts footage from cameras worldwide lacking password protection and allows visitors to create usernames and interface via message board. A dog is viewed in real time online via surveillance, as an online spectator comments on the stream, and Smith has looked upon the situation as a whole to produce her project.
These elements served as the inspiration for an expansive fictional script produced by Smith, realized via outsourced services on Fiverr through character development, script writing, and sound design. It materializes as an environment or live scene in which the three represented parties —the dog, commenter, and artist— are all reimagined in the same physical space: a pet store within a horror film within an art gallery. The use of props such as shopping baskets, paw print decals, a bone shaped welcome mat, resin blood pools, a fake computer, and security surveillance mirror reference the setting as a suspenseful soundtrack moves the public through the suggested plot.
Jess Smith (b. 1988, Columbus, Ohio) received her MFA from Mills College in 2015 and a BFA in Photography from Ohio State University in 2012. With a special interest in identity construction and entertainment, Smith produces stories entirely outsourced online, based on Internet communities formed around desire. Her work has recently been exhibited at NBD Projects, Southern Exposure, SOMArts, and the Mills College Art Museum in the Bay Area, as well as Wave Pool Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
All photos by Cranium Corporation for Minnesota Street Project and 2291 3rd Street Gallery, 2015