Project Type: MOB

Conjoined

1999-2002

MOB’s conjoined-triplet-costume/basketball uniform was shared with the good people of Southern Exposure, Santa Clara University, and Jean Street at their respective events.

Mini-Retrospective

2013
San Jose Museum of Art

Curated by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, as part of the exhibition “This/That: New Stories from the Edge of Asia”. Featured projects: Manananggoogle, Honeymoon Sweet Nothings I and II, Always A Bridesmaid Never a Bride, and Karaoke Trilogy.

Chatsilog

2010
video, installation
collaboration with Carlos Villa
Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Metro Manila

4 videos created via iChat meetings when M.O.B and Villa were all living far from one another in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Prague. The footage was then edited in Prague and sent via FTP to Manila. A reflection on the desire to connect across distance and time zones, a meditation on the shortcomings of digitally-dependent communication and the false sense of security it provides, and an effort at long-distance collaboration. Chatsilog was a bittersweet, comedic attempt to cohere fragmented interactions into an illusory, temporary space that, for the duration of the project, the artists could share and jointly occupy.

Honeymoon Sweet Nothings II

2011-2012
photography

More images from 2 of M.O.B.’s almost-annual retreats at the legendary Madonna Inn. Some of these images were included in the M.O.B. mini-retrospective curated by Monica Ramirez-Montagut as part of the exhibition “This/That” at the San Jose Museum of Art in 2013.

Honeymoon Sweet Nothings I

2002
photography

“The poor words with which natural human speech is provided cannot suffice to describe the Madonna Inn.” (Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality.)

The Madonna Inn is a pilgrimage for the imagination, a mental Mecca for California artists and retirees alike. Its opulent wonders suggest that our immediate realities are tentative, at best: between the walls of each compartmentalized theme room, fantasy and reality reconcile and cease to exist as contradictory states. For this reason, M.O.B. holds their annual strategic planning meetings here.

Printed and exhibited at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte in 2002, at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery in San Francisco in 2003, and San Jose Museum of Art in 2013.