Swing House Ephemera (Video)
Video & Found Home Movies
Mark de Jong
April 20 through September 03, 2018
(Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio)
This collection of video displays and diptychs offer glimpses into the process of making and performing Swing House. They seamlessly marry snippets of construction documentation, including moving one of the primary steel beams into the structure, with more meditative episodes of de Jong traveling up, down and around the central staircase. In the process, in the many steps that de Jong takes in the remaking of this house into a work of art, the stairs transition from pragmatic device into performative object. The projected video highlights a short, but surreal extract from the home movies de Jong found in the house where a burning home becomes the source of popular entertainment and symbolic unrest.
WORK by C. Jacqueline Wood