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Re/Use: Looping and Recycling
July 30 – August 26, 2009
Curated by Lana Z Caplan

These works use appropriated imagery from archival footage, MTV, 80’s aerobics tapes, and more, recycling to create a contemporary statement examining current issues and ideas under the lens of history repeated.

Video works included in this program  (total running time 18 minutes)
Nexting, Goatsilk, 2007, 04;00
Comprised of altered video footage taken from the popular MTV-aired dating show, NEXT, Nexting is finally an attempt to expose the irony that runs rampant through so much of the television and internet: where what seems artificial or fake is actually closer to our true selves than we care to imagine.  After a dater has spoken, their face is quickly twisted into a kind of caricature. Besides being humorous, the distortions give a glimpse of the pain and/or horror from being discovered and then rejected, or the cruel delight we feel when in a position to judge and punish one another.  Superimposed grotesque face also carry with them the unnerving notion that in today’s image-based culture, it may be more of a crime to be ugly than to be brutal.

Bathing Beauties, Lana Z Caplan, 2009, 4;40
Using re-edited and manipulated footage from an early 1950’s bathing suit contest, Bathing Beauties is a parade of foreboding set to a mechanized and testosterone filled soundtrack.

ShoulderShake, Liz Nofziger, 2005, 1;02
An eternal invitation to come hither.

La Huida (The Flight), Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, 2009, 5;00
Analog screen scans dance with an uneasy Ave Maria, in discord with convention.

Clouds (history repeating itself), Suara Welitoff, 2009, 3;39
“I digitally altered footage that I had collected, and wanted the look of a moving painting.”

Artist Biographies and Contact Information:

Goatsilk, a collaborative art duo comprised of Ben Bloch and Caroline Peters, was formed in 2002 as an experimental gallery space on the outskirts of Missoula, Montana, creating projects such as The ebay Show, Fill:Full, and The Bowhead Project.  Goatsilk now engages the Internet as a site of continual metamorphosis, as an instrument, and as an artwork in and of itself.  Currently, Bloch teaches new genre arts at Whitman College in Washington, and Peters teaches contemporary theory and directs the art gallery at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Lana Z Caplan makes films/videos, photos and installations which explore relationships between people; lovers and ex-lovers, citizens and their government, fathers and daughters, immigrants and their in-laws, the artist and their subject, and the relationship to oneself.  Her work has been screened and shown in many countries including at MadCat Women’s International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA.  Most recently Caplan has been working on a new film in conjunction with residency support from Wexner Center for the Arts.  Caplan also teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.

Liz Nofziger is a Boston-based video and installation artist. Her site-specific work examines relationships to space within thephysical, architectural, political, and pop-cultural landscape.

Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez is a multimedia artist who, through photography, cinema, painting and installation explores sociopolitical issues from an autobiographical point of view.  A founding member of Esprit De Corps Art Collective, she has recently exhibited in Puerto Rico, Córdoba, México City and Barcelona.  Boston-based since 1998, she continues to exhibit, curate and travel.

Suara Welitoff makes videos as reflections on moments; elongated fragments of action, extended close-ups, acute attention, slowed down and sometimes reversing.  Her work has been exhibited in and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MIT List Visual Arts Center, NGBK, Berlin, CCC Strozina in Florence, the Boston ICA, Participant Inc., and Threadwaxing Space in NYC, among others.  She is currently planning a project for the Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston.




4 programs of video works curated by Lana Z Caplan
June 25 - October 18, 2009

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North Adams, MA
Hours: Wed.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-4

Opening receptions and new programs begin on the last thursday of each month:
June 25, July 30, Aug 27, Sept 24, receptions from 6-9pm

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Participating Artists include:

Natalie Bookchin
Katrine Burkitt
Lana Z Caplan
Michelle Handelman
Julianna Schley
Saul Levine
Liz Nofziger
Mike Olenick
Marisa Olson
Rich Remsberg
Adie Russell
Ben Russell
Joel Schlemowitz
Anabel Vazquez
Suara Welitoff

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