[CHICAGO-September 3, 2008] Swimming Pool Project
Space announces an exhibition of work by nine international artists
exploring the use of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture
and Internet-based coding languages through video art. Curated
by Chicago-based art critic/writer Alicia Eler and Kansas City-based
artist Peregrine Honig, this new showing of work rewinds to form,
discussing video as video, and opening up discussion surrounding
the current state of video art in the same way that abstract expressionist
painting questioned-and expounded upon-the medium of painting.
Featuring work by Rob Carter (born in Worcester, UK, lives and
works in Brooklyn, New York), Rochelle Feinstein (lives and works
in New York City), James Gulliver Hancock (born in Sydney, Australia,
lives and works in Los Angeles), Abhishek Hazra (lives and works
in Bangalore, India), Julie Lequin (born in Laval, Québec,
lives and works in Los Angeles), Mioon (lives and works in Seoul,
Korea), Julie Orser (born in Chicago, lives and works in Los Angeles),
Luana Perilli (born in Rome, Italy, lives and works in Rome and
Paris) and Taras Polataiko (born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, lives
and works in Vancouver and New York).
ROB CARTER's video Reseed
takes place at the Wimbledon tennis courts as they transform from
a constructed sports stadium into a garden lush with gurgling
plants. Collapsing nine weeks of a horticultural time-lapse filming
into nine minutes, Carter integrates illusion into a space generally
associated with real-life sporting events. Recent solo exhibition-Landscaping
at Galería Fruella in Madrid, Spain; recent group exhibits
include Paper City at Mixed Greens in New York and This Modern
World at General Electric in Fairfield, Connecticut.
vintage televisions with painted-on disco balls evoke both nostalgia
for the 1970s and a call to arms regarding rapidly evolving technology.
As a random television channel ekes through with a static-laden
transmission, viewers are reminded of the way that television
is becoming less important as the Internet emerges. Feinstein
recently exhibited solo shows at Momenta Art in Brooklyn, New
York, and The Suburban, Chicago. She currently teaches in the
painting department at Yale University.
GULLIVER HANCOCK emerged out of the Sydney, Australia, art
scene, where he married the visual arts with music in his own
gallery, SPACE3. His animated music video for the Australian band
LENKA mixes a Brooklyn-esque indie aesthetic with heartfelt, emotionally
driven sincerity. James works commercially and independently;
recent clients include publishers Simon & Schuster and television
networks MTV Australia, among others. He is based in Los Angeles.
ABHISHEK HAZRA uses video based "micro-narratives"
to explore the intersections between technology and culture. In
Codework, Hazra formulates hypothetical scenarios that can be
read as an allegorical take on some of the programming fundamentals
behind PHP, a scripting language widely deployed on the Internet,
and also using these scenarios to reflect on the larger cognitive
implications of viewing coding as a form of "meta-language,"
thus using it as a way to discuss ontologies of scripting languages.
Recent groups shows include First Left, Second Right at Thomas
Erben Gallery, New York. Hazra is represented by GALLERYSKE, Bangalore.
He lives and works in Bangalore.
move from Québec to Los Angeles-and her adventures speaking
in the oft-times difficult to decipher Québec accent-inform
her playful, yet somber, animated videos. Gossips, one of the
shorts on her DVD from her published art book The Ice Skating
Tree Opéra, tricks viewers: At once we believe we'll learn
more about the fluffy, fun ramblings about life, but instead Lequin
takes viewers into her own, more personal, life decisions.
video documentation of Human Stream, a sculptural video installation
that was on display at the Kunstmuseum Berlin in 2005, plays with
the aforementioned multiple implied meanings. Two giant heads
covered in feathers are positioned in an open gallery space. As
neon lights merge over the sculptures, tiny humans scurry about,
calling to mind the large-scale photography of Thomas Struth.
Mioon, which is comprised of Min Kim and Moon Choi, have had recent
solo exhibitions at Gana Forum Space in Seoul, Korea; Gallery
Ruth Leuchter in Duesseldorf, Germany; and Gallery of CEAAC in
JULIE ORSER's video Double
Bind (Anna Moore) considers the archetypal feminine subjects of
film noir and psychological melodrama. The titular character,
Anna Moore, is both and neither, caught in a bind between the
two genres. A series of events unfurl as the frames switch between
the two genres, focusing on the stealth femme fatale of film noir
and the docile housewife of the psychological melodrama. Orser's
recent solo exhibitions include Anna Moore at Changing Role Gallery
in Rome, Italy; Anna Moore at Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles;
and Anna Moore at Philip Feldman Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
sculptural video piece W Titina deals with memory, language and
storytelling through images. Suggesting mergence of the mirror
image with video, Perilli projects separate images of her Italian
grandmother and the interior of her grandmother's home inside
decorative ceramic frames one would likely find inside an Italian
home. Perilli's recent solo exhibitions include Tattile Duttile,
V.M.21 artecontemporanea in Rome and Why? at The Gallery Apart
presso Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome. She is represented
by the Gallery Apart in Rome, Italy.
TARAS POLATAIKO's work probes cultural identities, time and
memory. Born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, Polataiko draws on his own
cultural roots for his video "Kyiv Classical." Using
straightforward, documentary-style of shooting, the artist responds
to the near elimination of cultural memory as it occurred in Ukraine
when Russian Czar Alexander II signed a secret edict that banned
the use of the Ukrainian language. Recent exhibitions include
Point of Origin at Artspace in Sydney, Australia. Forthcoming
shows include solo exhibitions at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art in
New York and Galerie U7 in Frankfurt, Germany (forthcoming 2009).
Polataiko is represented by Priska C. Juschka Fine Art in New
For images and more information, contact guest co-curator Alicia
Eler at email@example.com