(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.


09 March 2012

Moving Image Art Fair @ The Tunnel Space

The Moving Image Art Fair at the Tunnel Space in Chelsea is a well curated fair, both aesthetically and the selection of video content, which ranges from works produced this year to more archival video such as Martha Wilson's I have become my own worst fear/Deformation (1974) and Valie Export's Indecency Sheds Its Skin (1986). Jesse Fleming's The Snail and the Razor is a slow moving short that makes one clench their teeth;in the film the artist trained a garden snail to crawl up and over the razor, and it is able to do so flawlessly. Daniel Phillips' River Street series includes an installation where the artist projects his video on concrete slabs with debris, creating a dynamic environment of video and sculpture; the way he chooses to project his work, personally, I have not seen this done before. Alex Prager's Despair has a clean, Hollywood cinematic quality to it, and the long list of the production team makes it obvious why the artist is able to make suicide look more than beautiful. The subject matter is dark, but the costume, the actress Bryce Dallas Howard and set design are gorgeous, and the editing, well executed--this film was one of my favorites. The fair is free, and the films, for the most part, are accessible to a broad audience. The Moving Image Art Fair runs until Sunday, March 11. For more information visit the Moving Image website.


Alex Prager

Daniel Phillips

Martha Wilson

Valie Export

Hunter Reynolds

Kate Gilmore 

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