Amsterdam

Samson Young, To Fanon (Resonance Studies I) 02 Doloroso, 2016, mixed media, 11 3/4 × 16 1/2". From the series “To Fanon,” 2016–.

Samson Young, To Fanon (Resonance Studies I) 02 Doloroso, 2016, mixed media, 11 3/4 × 16 1/2". From the series “To Fanon,” 2016–.

Steffani Jemison and Samson Young

Looiersgracht 60

Organized by Amsterdam’s De Appel contemporary arts center, Steffani Jemison and Samson Young’s double bill “Decoders-Recorders” took as its starting point the violence inherent to and resulting from the systematization and standardization of communication. Mobilizing artistic strategies—such as intuitive mark-making, erasure, nonsyntactic repetition, and layering—as tools of negation and transgression, the show expanded its critical gaze onto the tyranny of all bounded and binding systems.

The exhibition opened with the series “To Fanon,” 2016–, Young’s rejoinder to the optimization of information (and therefore the loss of its excess) in the Western musical notation system. Held together by metal paper clips, each framed A3-size collage consists of an original score from one of Young’s own compositions made between 2005 and 2015, “vandalized” with abstract marks and silk-screened and

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