Soft & Hard: 15 Women, 25 Videos, Celebrating the Humorous and the Absurd in Contemporary Video
West Hollywood, CA 90046
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.