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Yesterday's Leftovers: Artifacts of Video

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Yesterday's Leftovers: Artifacts of Video
Curated by: Nancy Lu Rosenheim

1109 W. North Shore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
May 10th, 2014 - June 14th, 2014
Opening: May 10th, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.nancylurosenheim.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Other (outside main areas)
EMAIL:  
nancy@nancylurosenheim.com
PHONE:  
773-329-7879
OPEN HOURS:  
Openings, closings, events and by appointment
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION:  
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
TAGS:  
figurative, digital, video-art, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual
COST:  
free

DESCRIPTION

The Bike Room proudly opens its fourth season with Yesterday’s Leftovers: Artifacts of Video. Hewitt, Conaway and Kimmel explore feminist camp in their fictional videos, whose protagonists are played by homespun eccentrics. The works are humorous – often hilarious, as they pose issues of gender representation and misrepresentation in pop culture. Opting for an uncritical moral stance, Hewitt explains that historical icons of women can be simultaneously problematic and empowering.

 

The props, costumes and sculptures exhibited alongside the videos are at once playful and menacing. Conaway’s toy dog from her video Dog Handler is handcrafted from her own hair. Hewitt’s ragdoll heads from Spring Break evoke African masks whose uncanny spirits are embedded in the fabric of their hosts. The works, byproducts of video, are sullied and torn. Changed and perhaps improved by the patina of use, they beg to be seen as artifacts put to pasture after a job well done.