Single Channel Video
Acid Rain is very excited to present work by Erica Magrey for the June episode.
"Own This" is one in a series of performative abstracted spatial character vignettes that incorporate video, costume, music, and dance. Each segment is the study of a shape or form that obscures, restricts or otherwise defines the body and the inter-relationship of its aural, emotive, and environmental components. Originally a two-channel video that accompanied a performance within a theatrical set, Own This has been reimagined as a one-channel video. It features a floor-length fringed orange hat that’s reminiscent of a jellyfish; its swishing movements grace a menacing obstacle course of household objects.
Erica Magrey is a video, mixed media, and performance artist who has exhibited and performed in galleries, music venues, alternative spaces, and on public access television, in New York, across the US, and internationally. Highlights include screenings and performances at The Kitchen, Socrates Sculpture Park, Kaskadenkondensator Basel, and Dixon Place, and events for PS1, NADA and Deitch Projects. Magrey was the 2012 NY Artist in Residency with iaab/International Exchange and Studio Program Basel, Switzerland and is a 2012 NYFA Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
For more information visit, http://www.ericamagrey.com
"Song of the Sandias Mtns."
Video with sound
Acid Rain is pleased to present "Song of the Sandias Mtns." by Derek Larson. I think it serves the piece to mention that the file I received from Derek while preparing this episode, was named "floot.mov". This piece was shot in the Sandias Mountains of New Mexico, inspired by the myth of the West, death and joblessness.
"The CATopian Dream"
single channel video w/ sound 6:52 sec
Acid Rain is pleased to present "The CATopian Dream", a video relic of the project "Make CATopia Real" by Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley.
Make CATopia Real is a campaign aimed at the realization of a physical utopian cat park (location TBD). Over the course of a 3 month exhibition at SPACES, viewers were asked to consider their feline’s CATopian dream(s) and to submit images, text, or other information to us for research purposes. Supplied content was collected, edited, and re-presented on makecatopiareal.com, with a new cat chakra opening up each week. The end of the exhibition was marked by the opening of the “Crown Chakra: Bliss, Understanding, Thought” and the presentation of a video of interviews with cats discussing their CATopian Dreams (with their owners serving as translators). Make CATopia Real is an ongoing investigation.
I see Bress' seminal work Status Report as a beautiful and telling meditation on how society deciphers the seemingly separate personalities of the artist- work versus hobby, the art market, competition, the need for love and acceptance, mental health and comfort, hiding behind or within one's work, and the search for something unknown in wondrous and complete isolation. Each of these embedded in a separate character played by Bress. Each inhabiting their own unique and delicately devised universe. Suddenly they start to enter each other's psychological and physical spaces as a cosmonaut crashes into the consciousness of the miner and the characters coalesce into a motion Klimt rendered in a beautiful mix of digital and aspiring practical effects of the likes of the master Georges Méliès. Bress' work is both aesthetically alluring conceptually complete. I am happy to respectively present Status Report during the last season of Acid Rain- a program dedicated to artists and all their personalities.
Courtesy of the artist and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles.