A collection of influential books gifted from the personal libraries of revered arts and cultural figures.
Raised in a midwestern amusement park, Jonn Herschend
is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and experimental
publisher whose work explores fiction, reality and the
narrative structures that we employ as a way to explain
the chaos and clutter of our everyday lives. His videos,
performances, installations, and photos all incorporate
sterile and formally recognizable structures such as
PowerPoint presentations, academic lectures, photographic
evidence, infomercials, gallery exhibitions, or educational
videos. He uses these structures as a means to investigate
the issues of truth and confusion, and allows the messiness
of reality to eventually collapse the whole piece.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally
including Den Frie Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen,
Denmark; Diverse Works, Houston Texas; the Pacific Film
Archive, Berkeley; SITE Santa Fe, the Minneapolis Institute
of Arts The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the co-founder
and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental
publication THE THING Quarterly, and is a recent recipient of a Danish Arts Council grant for his work as co-curator, along with Heidi Hove, of the Deadpan Exchange international
exhibition series. He has been a visiting lecturer at the
University of California Berkeley, San Francisco State
University, California College of Art and Stanford University.
His work will be included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial this
spring in New York.