Art: Jose Versoza at Art Damage Lodge

Joey Versoza will present a series of video pieces with “the social contingencies of communal experience” in mind at 9 p.m. on Friday at the Art Damage Lodge. Joined in one piece by local poet Dana Ward, Versoza — dubbed for the evening as “J.O.S.E. (Jea

Context is everything. So when artworks made with gallery settings in mind are given a different space in which to operate, they can become wholly new experiences. This is the case with the series of video pieces that Joey Versoza will present at 9 p.m. on Friday at the Art Damage Lodge in Northside. For $5, attendees can dabble in what the artist has rightly anticipated in a written statement as an experiment with “the social contingencies of communal experience.” Versoza’s videos are often static or barely quivering, or are short scenes that tenderly conflate such influences as conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, the shoegaze songs of My Bloody Valentine and all kinds of philosophical lines of inquiry. They elicit deep thinking, but ultimately encourage sincere, appreciative psychobabble in response. Joined in one piece by local poet Dana Ward, Versoza — dubbed for the evening as “J.O.S.E. (Jealous Ones Still Envy)” — offers us a cross-disciplinary alternative to the conventional gallery exhibition. Get more information on the event and venue here.

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