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Life, 1987 Polaroid Lightbox 24 X 30 In
Rewind > Fast Forward

2525 Michigan Ave. A5
Santa Monica, CA 90404
April 15th, 2007 - May 24th, 2007
Opening: April 15th, 2007 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

santa monica/venice
(310) 828-0211


This TWINART exibition contains a series of photographs titled INSTANT REPLAY. They are all one of a kind framed Polaroid 20”X24” vintage prints made between 1987 – 1989. They are non-digital prints. From the series TWINART fabricated lightbox editions between 1993 and 2007.

In the mid 80’s TWINART were sponsored by the Polaroid Corporation to produce large format photographs at the 20 X 24 Studio in NY. Their concept was to create optimistic images exploring the dream of an ideal life. Consumerism in the 1980’s is reflected in the multi-layered dense imagery. Iconic images of nurses, surfers, the perfect lips, models selling shampoo and other brand name products add to the pop esthetic of their INSTANT REPLAY series of photographs. The highly saturated color palette, of these pictures, is reminiscent of Technicolor film of the 60’s. Devo’s song It’s a Beautiful World is the music one could imagine being played as a soundtrack for the work.

To create this body of work TWINART recycled a collection of video clips, captured as freeze frames to double expose with collaged print ads. Glossy ads are juxtaposed with pixilated video images as a remix. The viewer experience is similar to watching several tv channels at once or using a remote to flip through the channels.

Ellen and Lynda Kahn of TWINART are the recipients of the National Endowment of the Arts fellowship grant in new media for its cutting-edge art videos including, Instant This – Instant That. Their work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo Video Biennale, and the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Ellen Kahn and Lynda Kahn (real life identical twins) founded TWINART in 1979 as a means of working collaboratively as artists. Earth 2007: Emmy Award winning Ellen and Lynda act as the creative force of TWINART conceptualizing ideas, building brands, and stylizing pop culture. With a focus on the visual media, their work is everywhere including museums, broadcast television, commercials, ads, and billboards. Together, the dynamic duo has brought their artistic-edge to projects for Martini & Rossi, Warner Bros., 20th Century FOX and Conde Nast.

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