Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

(San Francisco, CA)Jeremiah Barber

Project Description

“Suspension Work” is a performance viewed in absolute darkness during which sporadic flashes of strobe light reveal the image of the artist's body and a crafted replica of the body suspended horizontally in the air. In darkness again, the after-image of the two bodies lingers in the viewer's eye as the space resounds with the artist hitting the floor. This work will be uniquely documented through the audience via their witness accounts (in a one-of-a-kind collection of drawings, notes, and interviews).


Jeremiah Barber is a visual and performance artist who studies transcendence through absurdity and humor. Tackling the impractical object and the impossible task, he performs at times for an audience of none. He has created pieces for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center, and has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, and The LAB in San Francisco. He is a former member of Marina Abramovic’s Independent Performance Group. In 2010 Barber received an MFA from Stanford University, and has received residencies at the Cité Internationale de Arts in Paris, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and San Francisco's Recology. Barber is a recent recipient of the Fleishhacker Foundation's Eureka Fellowship.