July 29, 2005
Slice, Splice, Entice
Ellipse (1998) by Pierre Huyghe
From the New York Times:
"CUT/Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video" at the Milwaukee Art Museum is the first exhibition in an American museum to focus on film appropriation in contemporary art, or more precisely, contemporary video. The show, which was first seen in December at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Fla., has been organized by Stefano Basilico, a former adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Milwaukee museum who once ran an art gallery in SoHo and now works as an art adviser in New York.
With 14 works by eight artists that mostly date from 2000 or later, "CUT" is in many ways a small show of recent art. But with a spacious, well-choreographed installation that moves from lighter to darker galleries, it covers quite a bit of ground in terms of the ways, means and end results of film appropriation. It also includes some recent standouts of the genre, including Douglas Gordon's 1993 "24-Hour Psycho" (which is just that) and Christian Marclay's 2002 "Video Quartet," a rousing homage to the silver screen."
MAM Exhibition Details:
The 14 works in the exhibition, each housed in an independent theatre or viewing room, explore a wide range of variations and methodologies. Indebted to the appropriation strategies of the '80s and sampling in hip hop and rap music of the '90s, these artists are united by their gestural use of the editing.
The artists in CUT have taken the material of their reality, the movie and the news program, and manipulated it to reveal its power to communicate and shape reality. Whether through looping, repetition, erasure or compression, their active manipulation of their medium recalls the importance that action was given by Richard Serra in 1968, when he published Verb List, a list of actions that a sculptor could use to create sculpture - to roll, to crease, to fold, to cut, etc. CUT explores the actions through which artists create video.
Works in the exhibition include: · Soliloquy Trilogy (2002) by Candice Breitz · Video Quartet (2002) and Telephone (1995) by Christian Marclay · Ellipse (1998) by Pierre Huyghe · 24 Hour Psycho (1993) and Black and White (Babylon) (1996) by Douglas Gordon · Horror Chase (2002) and Learning from Las Vegas (2003) by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy · The Long Count (Rumble in the Jungle) (2001); The Long Count (I Shook up the World) (2001); The Long Count (Thrilla in Manila) (2001); and Live Evil (2002) by Paul Pfeiffer · CNN Concatenated (2002) by Omer Fast · The Blink (2000-2001) by Michael Joaquin Grey
Time Out Chicago's review in pdf format.
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