Scores for a Room
The Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents “Scores for a Room: David Haxton and Jim Melchert”. Guest curated by Tanya Zimbardo, the exhibition brings together for the first time historic works by these two artists, exploring their different approaches to the description of space through structured activity performed for the camera. Both renowned artists turned to the projected image in the seventies, highlighting the shifting awareness of spatial perception in the interaction between illusionistic filmed space and a physical location.
Oakland-based artist and Professor Emeritus Jim Melchert’s conceptually-driven “Location Project #3” is a slide installation originally created for a faculty exhibition in November 1970. Three artists and alums — Robert Armstrong, Carl Dern, and Jim Pomeroy — improvise movements in relationship to the wall and floor of the university’s Powerhouse Gallery.
David Haxton’s highly choreographed 16mm films, including “White, Red and Green Lights” (1978) and “Painting Room Lights” (1980) create various illusions through an inventive use of negative film and manipulation of lighting. Utilizing elements from the artist’s New York studio, the activities of the performer (Haxton) “gradually reveal the three dimensionality of the space while continually referring back to the flatness of the screen and the physicality of the light producing the filmed image.”
Scores for a Room: David Haxton and Jim Melchert
Curated by Tanya Zimbardo
September 17 – October 17, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 17, 4 – 7 pm
Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 pm
Free and open to the public
The Worth Ryder Art Gallery is located at 116 Kroeber Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus near the intersection of College Avenue and Bancroft Way.
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