In TIME for Art Basel Week, Video Performance Projection at Curator's Voice Art Projects

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white, 2011 Video © Yen-Hua Lee
In TIME for Art Basel Week, Video Performance Projection at Curator's Voice Art Projects
Curated by: Inez Suen

2509 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
November 30th, 2011 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

wynwood district
video-art, performance

On Wednesday November 30th, 2011 from 8-11pm  Curator's Voice Art Projects will present "Time" a series of 8 international video performances curated by Chinese-American Inez Suen, Director of the International Chinese Fine Arts Council, ICFAC.
Projected at the main outdoor wall, facing the north facade of Curator's Voice Art Project in Wynwood, the 30-minute presentation will include the works of Brooklyn-based Arleen Delima, New York City-based Tad Beck, Rick Herron and Edin Vélez along with Berlin-based Martin Kohout, Shanghai-based artist Nina Chen, Taiwan artist Yen-Hua Lee and Miami-based artist, Sleeper.
"When asked to curate a video presentation, I immediately started thinking about time, the length of the show, time at which the show will start, the length of each video and timing of the editing," said Inez Suen, Director of ICFAC and art consultant.
"I was inspired by Taiwan artist, Yen-Hua Lee, who showed me a piece entitled, "Passage of Time," which I decided to base the concept of this Art Basel screening all about 'time' drawing attention to how the artists utilize it along with their audio/visual decisions to come with a finished product," added Suen.
Suen says that every video shows the time factor as a key main element that differentiates this medium from other forms of media art. 
"Time" starts with a self portrait Polaroid of Rick Herron dramatically developing in a shift of Cyan/Sepia colors. 
Herron's recent works have been committed using common handheld media such as his iPhone. This work not only captures the time it takes his photo to develop, but also in ironic ways, captures via video the temporary process of  the photo development itself.
Appropriately set to the dramatic music by The Knife, this is Herron's first attempt at the iMovie app on his iPhone. 

Continuing with the video series is Taiwan artist, Yen-Hua Lee,  currently at the International Studio & Curatorial Program residency in New York, Lee  collects old books, paints and burns images in its pages. 
Yen-Hua Lee's video, entitled "White," informs viewers on how to see it via light creating a beautiful journey of re-created images within the pages of these old found books. Intended for a larger project accompanied by framed images and a display of books where the artist seeks a more symbolic metamorphosis of narrative imagination, Lee will be showing the constraints of human relations in society as well.

Arleen Delima, a Brooklyn-based artist will be presenting “Mis Deseos Final,”  a video that flirts with her own personal exploration of control and the curiosity of death.  She dramatically recites a letter crafted for reading before her anticipated death, but she is insistent that the video is not a suicide note.  
Like Yen-Hua, Delima's piece is also a part of a larger series of projects including “Better Yet When Dead: After Coco Fusco,” a public performance of the artist's funeral.
New York-based artist and professor, Edin Valez, will present a well-developed and thoughtfully edited account of a woman's day with a video entitled "InConsistent." 
 Produced in complete contrast to the one-shot videos he has produced in the past, Valez' "InConsistent" video starts with a slow steady morning in Brooklyn and then as the day proceeds, the viewer is bombarded with layers upon layers of imagery and sounds.  
Some ordinary shots such as pigeons flying, people talking, and street scenes are superimposed with mind-blowing added with extraordinary video-images of skinning animals and the birth of a newborn.  The juxtaposition of these contrasting images gives the viewer a glimpse into the complexity of daily turmoil.
Martin Kohout currently working in Germany had shown "Close-Up" as a part of his solo-exhibition "Non-directional movement" in Berlin.  Kohout's video was made with the intention to be shown as a continual loop. 
He edits out two characters from the existing scene in Maryon Park from award-winning film "Blow Up" by Michelangelo Antonioni, leaving David Hemming (Thomas) sneaking around taking pictures alone in the park.  
In the context of the movie, the photographer is unknowingly taking pictures of lovers kissing in a crime scene, in this video, the crime scene is empty.  Removing the subject in this video, Kohout creates a vortex of time where the photographer is continuously chasing something that does not exist. 

From Shanghai, Chinese artist, Nina Chen documents a Westerner practicing Taijichuan, an ancient Chinese martial art, as the subject moves through the scenery of the city from morning to night.  
Chen feels that the sudden onslaught of material and commercial culture in China in which its citizens are moving so fast to catch up with Western standards, are not having the "Time" for their own traditions, which in turn, are ironically learned by Westerners nowadays.

Sleeper, a local Miami artist captures a moment in time throughout he blink of an eye.  With the intention to be shown as a loop, Sleeper uses video as a way to document his thoughts and as a relic for his imagination and experiences.

Lastly, in Suen's video projection, New York City-based Tad Beck, will show "Bipod," a video in which the artist fuses the bicycle and the camera in a skilled editing maneuver with a continuous loop showing a naked-uphill-biking into a tranquil and rhythmic experience, making an otherwise painful and dangerous expedition as a peaceful meditation.  
Beck's use of tropes of masculinity, athleticism, slapstick, repetition, and failure communicate his interest in the ability of the erotic and the humorous to function altogether as springboards into more abstract or theoretical concerns.