July 31 — August 28, 2010

The Second Program

Art Beyond the Frame

Presented by the Video Association of Dallas
Curated by Charles Dee Mitchell

The Video Association of Dallas, the Conduit Gallery and the Dallas Museum of Art present the biennial exhibition "The Program," a collection of contemporary video art from nationally and internationally known artists.

Artists

David Askevold, Jonathan Gitelson, Matthew Day Jackson, Kristen Lucas, Luke Murphy, Jason Rhodes, Erin Shirreff and Bill Viola.

Additional Events

In addition to the opening reception there will be a second event at Conduit Gallery in conjunction with The Program, a seated video compilation of video shorts curated by Bart Weiss.
Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 7:00 – 8:30.
Artists include; Jem Cohen, Guy Ben Ner, Wago Krieder, Pawel Woitasik, Erin Cosgrove, Kenneth Tin Kin Hung & Meiro Koizumi

Both events are free and open to the public. Seating for the August 7 screening is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

Exhibition notes from the curator

From its inception this was to be a “theme-free” exhibition. I don’t really like theme shows, shows where part of the work invariably seems to have been selected just because it fit the chosen theme, and other work has been distorted in the effort to wedge it in and make it fit. I prefer exhibitions where a group of pieces simply play well together, and if there are dots that may be connected it is up to the viewer to connect them.

That said, this untitled, unthemed exhibition turns out be about time, which is as sorry and self-evident a theme for a video exhibition as “light” would be for an photography show. Video is a time-based medium, so of course video art is inescapably about time. I was choosing artists based on my own enthusiasms, a commitment to gathering a broad age range, and an effort to put together an exhibition that could isolate individual pieces without distracting, overlapping sound. When I described the selections to friends, they almost invariably said, “So it’s all about time.” I had begun to have that sneaking suspicion myself. These are seven works that engage real time, suspended time, memory, and death. My main goal was to put together an exhibition that would provide viewers an engaging half hour at the gallery.

About the Artists

David Askevold (1940 – 2008) could be the most interesting artist you have probably never heard of. In 1970 he was part of the landmark Information exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and from 1968 – 1979 he taught at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design and helped establish it as one of the centers of the international conceptual art movement.

Jonathan Gitelson earned his MFA from Columbia College, Chicago in 2004, and since then has exhibited in both the United States and Europe. I saw Gitelson’s work during the rev1ew sessions at Fotofest 2010, toward the end of a process that involved my reviewing around sixty portfolios in four days. Gitelson stood out because he not only had a sense of humor, he knew how to use it.

Matthew Day Jackson’s exhibition Immeasurable Distance opened at the List Center, MIT, in 2009, and toured to the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston later that year. His work has been exhibited at the Charles Saatchi Collection, London, and the Francois Pinnault Collection, Venice. His explorations of American history have produced work that engages the ideas of Buckminister Fuller, the U.S. space program, drag racing, and the Jonestown Massacre.

Luke Murphy—I will let Mr. Murphy speak for himself. “Rev. Luke Murphy is an information-based artist whose work is united by common themes drawn from the impossible task of quantifying the elements of the psyche and spirit. He has a particular interest in the Gnostic gospels, Masonic ritual, religious paintings,and digital languages - in effect, codes.”

Jason Rhoades (1965 – 2006). Jason Rhoades’ space-devouring installations were exhibited at museum and galleries both here and in Europe. I met him once at Artpace San Antonio as he was putting the finishing touches onto his project there. This involved outlining a pickup truck with Cool Whip.

Erin Shirreff exhibits at Lisa Cooley Gallery in New York, and is currently included in Greater New York, the quinquennial review of New York art presented by MOMA at PS 1. She has exhibited video, photography, and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marfa Ballroom, and this year will have a one-person exhibition at the ICA Philadelphia.

Bill Viola has exhibited internationally for the past thirty years, and has work in the permanent collections of major museums worldwide. His participation in The Second Program marks his return to the Dallas Video Association, after his frequent appearances in Dallas Video Festivals in the 1980’s.