Featuring video works from:
Curated by Candice Greathouse, Gallery & Creative Director
EXHIBITION DATES: AUGUST 8 – SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
OPENING: AUGUST 8, 7-10pm
Closing reception: Saturday, September 12th, 7-9pm
Do we watch video for video’s sake? What is it about a visual subject that makes it credible, what is worth watching, or first recording? A door slamming shut, ice cream melting, wood being chopped… LIVE ACTION is an exploration and indulgence of these repetitive, routine actions captured within the static video frame.
The featured video works of Adriane Colburn, Mark Crowley, Adam Forrester, Kate Gilmore, Lee Materazzi, and Justin Plakas investigate the relationship between the inactive lens of the camera, the captured motion, and the resulting action, irresistibly compelling. The action not only functions as a valid and provocative subject, but often times as an emotional stimulant, producing anticipation and/or anxiety in the arrested, stagnant (even lack of) narrative.
The use of the static frame in the moving image situates the six artists in a dialogue somewhere in between the history of photography and contemporary video practices – a visual limbo. Their works further evade concrete categorization as references to sculptural and performance traditions become evident through the ever-present action. These works do not exist in abstraction; the artists and subjects (at times, one in the same) are interacting with sculptural, real world objects and using their own bodies to perform familiar actions, pushed further, made just unfamiliar enough to hold our attention. Filtered through the lens of video, a medium that emphasizes the literal, these routine actions become hypnotic – emotive and visceral, yet whimsical and decadently lush. The works of LIVE ACTION are totally worth watching, on repeat.
ADDITIONAL EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING:
Weekly guest-curated film screenings will be held in conjunction with the Live Action exhibition every Sunday at 7pm.
August 9 Justin Plakas
August 16 Erica Jamison
August 23 The Low Museum
August 30 William Downs
Sept 6 MINT INTERNS