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Los Angeles

The Box

Exhibition Detail
805 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013

December 11th, 2008 - December 13th, 2008
The Dictator, David Lamelas, Hildegarde DuaneDavid Lamelas, Hildegarde Duane, The Dictator,
1978, video Still, 300x263
© Courtesy of Artists and The Box Gallery
The Dictator, Returns The Payoff, Hildegarde Duane, David LamelasHildegarde Duane, David Lamelas,
The Dictator, Returns The Payoff,
1978, video art, 300x224
© Courtesy of Artists and The Box Gallery
Out of Gas, Shoes, Hildegarde Duane, David LamelasHildegarde Duane, David Lamelas,
Out of Gas, Shoes,
2003, Video Still, 300x202
© Courtesy of Artists and The Box Gallery
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Wed-Sat 12-6; or by appointment
examination, of, power, and, glamour, via, social, Satire, video-art

The Box is pleased to present a multi-night video screening of David Lamelas and Hildegarde Duane’s collaborative videos. The decades-long collaboration of Lamelas and Duane began in the late 1970’s when there was flowering of video art led by the Long Beach Museum of Art and local artists. Lamelas & Duane over the years of their collaboration have taken many difference scenerios including: Arabs & Jews, the Contras, Marcos & Imelda, The Dictator homeless (long before Saddam), the NRA and the gas crisis.

The Dictator ,1978, the first of these collaborative videos, depicts a Barbara Walters type character, played by Duane, interviewing the title character who was loosely based on Peron and Castro, played by Lamalas. Themes in these videos include the battle of the sexes, transformative power of the media, ironic twists of fate and an uncanny ability to predict the future. Styles have ranged from TV interview to documentary, film noir, short story and installation.

Lamela’s individual work explores the nature and influence of media. Duane’s works as a multi-media storyteller. These videos of Lamelas and Duane are an examination of power and glamour via social satire. Lamelas & Duane’s work has been exhibited at MOMA New York, the Whitney Museum, MOCA, Hartford Atheneum, ICA Boston, Long Beach Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou Paris, Museo Tamayo Mexico City and various other museums and galleries worldwide.

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