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Sat., 2014-01-17

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Gary Hill, still from Mediations (1986)

5:30 - 7:70pm in the MAC's Galleries
Opening reception: Call and Response, video installations; co-curated by Charles Dee Mitchell + Danielle Avram Morgan. Through Mar. 7 except as otherwise noted.

Large Rectangular Gallery:

Gary Hill, Meditations (towards a remake of Soundings) (1979/1986) SD Video, 4:17 min. Color video camera/recorder, two microphones, audio mixer, speaker and sand. “The beginning of a remake of an earlier work [Soundings, 1979] in which I wanted to extend the reflexivity of each text in relation to the interaction between different physical substances—in this case, sand—and the speaker cone. A loudspeaker fills the screen and I begin to speak, referring to the speaker itself. This is followed by more declarations of what I am doing, ‘…a hand enters the picture….’ A hand filled with sand enters the picture and slowly releases it into the loudspeaker’s cone. Every nuance of speech vibrates the speaker’s cone (or membrane), bouncing the grains of sand into the air. The more I speak about what is happening, the more it changes—or feeds back into—the movement and patterns of the sand. At times the grain of the voice seemingly merges with what is experienced as ‘sand.’ The hand allows more and more sand to trickle onto the loudspeaker until the cone is no longer visible. The timbre of the voice crackles and is radically muffled. When the speaker is completely buried, the voice sounds distant but remarkably clear.” –Quasha, George, and Charles Stein, An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works and Writings. Barcelona: Ediciones Polígrafa, 2009, P. 584.

Owen Kydd, Composition, Warner Studio (on Green) (2012), color HD video, and Framing the Floor (2012), color HD video.

Bruce Nauman, Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square (1967-68), b+w 16 mm film transferred to DVD, silent; 16 min. “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art. At this point art became more of an activity and less of a product.”

Tara Merenda Nelson and Gordon Nelson, End of Empire (2014), 16mm film, Super 8 film, slide film and sideo; continuous loop. Part 1 in the FourMats series: This multi-media installation uses four formats to compose a single image of the Kodak building in Rochester, NY. Using discontinued color-reversal film stocks in 16mm, Super 8 and slide film, along with HD video, this looping installation documents the final days of the Kodak empire. End of Empire is both an homage to Warhol’s 1964 durational film, Empire, and an elegy to Kodak film in the final days of the industry.

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Joe Sola, Studio Visit (2005), still from SD video

Joe Sola, Studio Visit (2005), color SD video with sound, 8 min. Studio visits are awkward and anxiety-inducing events for both artists and their guests. So much is at stake. Joe Sola ups the ante.

Square Gallery:

Francis Alÿs, Children’s Games (1999 - present), 11 color videos with sound, various run times (to be exhibited through Sat., Feb. 7)

Michael Stansell (Sat., Feb. 13 - Mar. 7)



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