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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Show Without Matthew Barney

posted by on May 14 at 9:00 AM

These are the artists Greg Kucera Gallery lists as not part of the Video Kitchen show that opens tomorrow at the space: Matthew Barney, Isaac Julien, Pipilotti Rist, Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Shirin Neshat, Rodney Graham, Doug Aitken, and Marina Abramovic.

In other words, the making of Video Kitchen: Homemade Moving Imagesthe first show entirely devoted to video in the history of the gallery—involved no horde of post-productioneers, no lighting designers and crews. There may even be no (imagine!) credits. It’s just the artist, more or less 1960s-Nauman-like, with a camera.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of overblown cinematic videos lately,” Kucera said. “But I remember seeing video art in the early days, seeing it at the And/Or Gallery when I was a teenager. The form has changed so much. I’m more interested in the artist’s hand, in a much more pared-down quality. These are humble sorts of videos.”

The lineup ranges from familiar artists (Tim Roda, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Mark Newport) to artists new to the gallery (Jhordan Dahl, Daniela Libertad).

Here’s a still from Portlander Dahl’s Dreamgirls, a video in which the artist impersonates the heroines of movies from Chinatown to Belle du Jour in a tribute to her mother.


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