LA><ART Gallery Two
LA><ART is pleased to present a newly commissioned short film by Los Angeles-based artist Terry Chatkupt. Stemming from the artist’s interest in physical landscapes and the materialization of history and memory in the built environment, Chatkupt’s new film, Transferase, marks a distinctive shift in the artist’s interrogations of the experiential dimensions of space and place. Inspired by the 1989 apocalyptic cult thriller, Miracle Mile (written and directed by Steve De Jarnatt), Transferase is the artist’s first film to engage the specificities of Los Angeles as both a city-space and an urban imaginary. Echoing the significant theoretical contributions of urban scholars and theorists like Kevin Lynch, Mary Jane Jacobs, Norman Klein, and Mike Davis amongst others, Chatkupt provides a cinematic reconfiguration of Los Angeles’ cartography as a situational, corporeal, and phenomenological account. The film portrays a protagonist overwhelmed with anxiety after receiving a disturbing phone call. What proceeds is a sequence of small events that operate as a psychological excavation, unveiling the rapidly changing and unstable characteristics of both the protagonist and the LA landscape. Although seen as a narrative film, Transferase is experimental in structure, juxtaposing a dynamic mix of cinematic techniques often mobilized in the thriller and dark comedy genres. This process allows Chatkupt’s film to adhere to the story’s surreal nature while simultaneously provoking a destabilizing the viewer, speaking to the anxiety and ecology of fear that have positioned Los Angeles historically and theoretically.
Terry Chatkupt’s work focuses on myriad subjects including nostalgia, self-reflection, and cultural disparity. Using video and installation, the artist creates scenarios in which processes of memory are investigated through repetition of saturated images. Chatkupt received his MFA from CalArts in 2004. In 2003 he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture artist residency program. His videos, installations, and photography have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Seattle Art Museum, PDX Film Fest 2008, Art Basel Miami Beach Video Lounge 2007, Harris Lieberman (NYC), and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include Video Review at Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan, Italy) and Never Very Far Apart at the Gallery at REDCAT (LA). Terry Chatkupt lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.