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Soft & Hard: 15 Women, 25 Videos, Celebrating the Humorous and the Absurd in Contemporary Video

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The Screaming, 2007 Video © Jillian McDonald
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True Stories, 2010 Video © Julie Lequin
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Celine (from Furniture Bondage), 2010 Video © Melanie Bonajo
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
Opening: November 18th, 2010 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.youngprojectsgallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
west hollywood/b.h.
EMAIL:  
young.paul@yahoo.com
PHONE:  
323.377.1102
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Fri 11-5; By Appt on Saturdays
TAGS:  
installation, video-art, conceptual, pop
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

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.