Two person exhibition with Dan Jian at Portmanteau Project Space, 2019.

Through a process of collage, Columbus based artists Dan Jian and Diana Abells explore shifts in meaning by re-contextualizing the familiar, making new points of connection between objects, places, and narrative.  Jian, working in drawing, and Abells, working in video animation, draw a link between pop culture motifs and everyday images. Together their work examines how culture builds myths, defines what’s ordinary, and incites emotion.  The new narratives they create question the embedded political force in our media-saturated daily life as they seek experiences of originality and continuity in collective experience.


Power and Cool, digital video, 04:12, 2019


Gunsmoke Bang Bang, digital video, 01:48, 2019.

I came across videos on YouTube created by film school students who were required to edit the raw footage of an episode of the TV show Gunsmoke for an assignment. As a fan of the show, and in the spirit of working with this collective experience I decided to edit the raw footage myself, examining the gestures of the actors as they pretend to fight.  The sound track is an edit of Nancy Sinatra’s cover of Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).


Surfing Bird, digital video, 03:38 loop, 2019.
Kinetic, unending, energy of the hyper cool.