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Young Projects @ Pacific Design Center

Exhibition Detail
Soft & Hard: 15 Women, 25 Videos, Celebrating the Humorous and the Absurd in Contemporary Video
Curated by: Paul Young
8687 Melrose Ave Suite B 230
West Hollywood, CA 90046

November 18th, 2010 - January 12th, 2011
November 18th, 2010 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Screaming, Jillian McDonaldJillian McDonald, The Screaming,
2007, video
© Jillian McDonald
True Stories, Julie LequinJulie Lequin, True Stories, 2010, video
© Julie Lequin
Celine (from Furniture Bondage), Melanie BonajoMelanie Bonajo, Celine (from Furniture Bondage),
2010, video
© Melanie Bonajo
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west hollywood/b.h.
Mon-Fri 11-5; By Appt on Saturdays
pop, conceptual, video-art, installation

For its Fall show at the Pacific Design Center, Young Projects will be focusing on the nature of humor in the realm of video art with a particular focus on female artists. The show features the work of 15 contemporary artists from around the world including Tamy Ben-Tor, Melanie Bonajo, Devon Green, Nadia Hironaka, Susi Jirkuff, Stayna Kahn & Harry Dodge, Julie Lequin, Jillian McDonald, Ashleigh Nankivell, Trine Lise Nedreaas, Laura Nova and Catherine Ross.


These works represent a range of methodologies and styles, from straight narratives to abstraction; from classic animation to tableau. What they all share is an overt comic approach, which is generally in the service of larger thematic concerns--whether formal or conceptual. Yet unlike humor-based shows of the past, by focusing on female artists exclusively, the show hopes to explore some of the ways in which women approach the medium in a distinctive way. Aside from a pronounced irreverence, which is common to male and female artists alike, they often exhibit a particular approach to the body, characters, physical space, and perhaps most importantly, sound.

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