James Mercer, Landfill
Sculptor, visual and sound artist James Mercer has created a speculative project about waste management and garbage set in the year 2157. Presenting trash from both the present and future, a multitude of tiny stories are spread along the axis between real and fake, found and crafted, observed and speculated. This installation unites a host of objects scrounged from the street corners and basements of New York City with drawings and sculptures. A video plays on a "discarded" flatscreen inside the installation to provide more hints about this future world.
This installation is on view on the third floor of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, just a few steps from the Clocktower Radio studios. Mercer gives a short performance at 6:30 on June 8 during the Second Sundays festivities at Pioneer Works.
James J.A. Mercer (born 1984, Boston, Massachusetts) is a visual, sound, and video artist living in Brooklyn, New York. His work crosses many mediums, including sprawling floor-to-ceiling installations, narrative animation, and constant maintenance, since 2005, of books filled with elaborate drawings. His science fiction animations MORRIS and Stargate SG-47719 were shown in 2012 and 2011 as part of DMTV in Los Angeles and Portland. Mercer exhibited at the Mountain Fold Gallery in 2010, and in 2009 he was a resident at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2007 he received a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 2004 he has performed extensively throughout the United States as Mysterious House (formerly jamesamoeba), his solo noise project.