Video / Film

White Hot Lamp Black at Southern Exposure

Hillary Wiedemann. Transit of Venus, 2013 (video still); color HD video; 2:50. Courtesy of the Artist.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Suzanne L’Heureux reviews White Hot Lamp Black at Southern Exposure in San Francisco. Southern Exposure’s group exhibition White Hot Lamp Black explores the edges of perception, featuring artists who[.....]

From the Archives – Kevin Cooley: Skyward at the Boiler

Skyward Installation

The weather has been unusually brutal all across the U.S. this winter, from the unending snow and ice in most of the country to the ongoing drought in Northern California. With even more snow predicted for the Northeast this weekend, we thought we’d take our readers back to revisit Kevin Cooley‘s Skyward project, a bright, sunlit space reminding us of warmer times ahead. This article was[.....]

Screening Readership

Tee Pee Video Space Troupe. A video totem showing self-portrait of the photographer, 1973; black and white. Photo Credit: Peter Angelo Simon.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you Erica C. Gomez‘s essay on the “readership” and active interpretation of film. She notes, “Reading film is an action that extends outward, producing new lines of movement through publics and counterpublics.” This article was originally published on December 4, 2013. Ever since the Lumière brothers’ 1895 public film screening, rapid changes have marked the film exhibition[.....]

Alex Prager: A Face in the Crowd at Lehmann Maupin

Alex Prager. Face in the Crowd, 2013; installation view, Lehmann Maupin, New York City. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin.

Alex Prager’s first exhibition at Lehmann Maupin makes a blood pact with the myth of cinema. The gallery’s downtown location hosts large-format stills from Prager’s newest film, A Face in the Crowd, alongside highly staged photographs taken from slightly different angles than those represented in the film. Lehmann Maupin’s Chelsea gallery features more of these beautifully rendered, high-quality stills, as well as a viewing room[.....]

Julia Rometti & Victor Costales: Savage Palms, Worn Stones, Moonshine Vision at Midway Contemporary Art

Julia Rometti & Victor Costales, Ediciones del Exotismo Ordinario Internacional Neotropical (detail), ongoing from 2011, digital prints on newsprint paper (lapel revolución). Courtesy Midway Contemporary Art. Photo: Caylon Hackwith.

At Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis, dueling 35mm slide projectors whir and click in a darkened back room. Perched on top of two of the room’s many bookcases (this backroom also houses Midway’s impressive library), these projectors cast their images onto a shared center screen. Each slide contains a simple form on a white background: a single geological mass anchored by a heavy shadow. Overlapped[.....]

Yael Bartana at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Yael Bartana. Inferno, 2013 (video still); HD video with sound; 18 minutes. Courtesy of the Artist; Petzel, New York; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.

To say that Yael Bartana’s latest film, Inferno, opens in epic fashion would be a bit of an understatement. Accompanied by a dramatic score, the initial shot begins with a flyover of an expansive forest, which suddenly opens up to the colossal cityscape of São Paulo. Dominating the frame, the city appears as a vast empire, an allusion that sets up the rest of the film. The[.....]

Best of 2013 – Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Continuing our Best of 2013 series, Anuradha Vikram writes, “Camille Henrot’s work is global in the best sense of the word. Mining source material from around the world, she creates works that draw out commonalities between Enlightenment cultures and the cultures that they have historically Othered. She uses technology as is logical for an artist of her generation-yet the subjects she explores are ancient as[.....]