Iceberg is proud to announce USED PARTS, a screening that features six recent video works by artists Doug Ischar, Ben Fain and Carrie Schneider. Themes explored in the videos include: Ohio, opera, wrestling, dive bars, Russian Constructivism, courtship rituals, disgust, pity, horses, incest taboo, and junk yards.
Themes: Ohio, opera, wrestling, dive bars, Russian Constructivism, courtship rituals, disgust, pity, horses, incest taboo, junk yards.
Doug Ischar (b. Honolulu 1948, lives Chicago) After an extensive career in music, Ischar received an MFA in Photography from California Institute of the Arts in 1987. In 1990 he moved to Chicago to take up a position in the School of Art and Design at UIC. Ischar has worked in Documentary Photography, Image/Text Installation, Video Installation, Sound, and for the past five years, Video. His work has often involved explorations of gay male desire, the politics of the historical Left, and American expansionism from a standpoint both analytic and melancholy. His work has been shown at Site Santa Fe, List Center for the Arts (MIT), Museau de Arte Moderna (Sao Paolo), Photographers Gallery (London), Göteborg’s Konst Museum (Gothenburg), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), Blum Hellman Gallery (NYC), Brent Sikkema (NYC), Golden Gallery (Chicago/New York). Ischar’s work has been written about extensively, including in John Paul Ricco’s 2004 The Logic of the Lure, where it serves as the basis for three chapters. Ischar has received numerous grants and fellowships: National Endowment for the Arts (Artists Grant); Tesuque Foundation; Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Sweden); ISAPIS (Stockholm); Illinois Arts Council; the Institute for the Humanities (UIC).
Ben Fain (b. London 1980, lives Brooklyn) is best known for his public performances and films involving parade floats as allegorical sculptures. Ben received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2008, as well as the Ox-Bow residency in 2009. He received numerous awards including: a full merit scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency Grant, and an NEA grant (with collaborators Dos Pestaneos). Ben co–ran Alogon Gallery, an independent artist–run space in Chicago, and recently taught the self–designed course “The Parade Float as Guerrilla Art,” through Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice.
Carrie Schneider (b.1979 Chicago, lives Brooklyn) makes performative films and photographs. Exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; santralistanbul, Istanbul; Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Gallery 44, Toronto; Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Awards include Joan Mitchell Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Illinois Arts Council; and an AVEK Project Grant (Finland). Carrie attended Carnegie Mellon University (BFA), Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Carrie currently teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York.