Presented in the Media Room is a selection of video artists previously exhibited at Catharine Clark Gallery: Aideen Barry, Erin Cosgrove, Anthony Discenza, and Lauren Kelley. Demonstrating the artistry and depth of new media, each piece varies in terms of subject matter, tone, and viewer engagement.
Aideen Barry is an international artist who has shown in many venues around the world, including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Kunsthall, Vienna, Austria; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California. Barry has done artist residencies at the Moltavo Arts Centre, California; Omi International Arts Center, New York; Headlands Center for the Arts, California; Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris; and NASA, Florida. In 2007, she received her MA from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology IADT Dublin. Barry lives and works in Belclare, Galway, Ireland. Aideen Barry’s performative film, Possession (2011), explores the psychology of the contemporary Irish housewife: a protagonist quirkily possessed and haunted by her obsessive compulsions and boredoms within the suburban house that confines her. Filmed in an agitated, shifting style, the audience is confronted with darkly humorous reflection of neurosis and immobility as, for example, an endless supply of baked goods are shoved into her helpless mouth.
Erin Cosgrove’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions and screenings nationally and internationally, including UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles; Espace Croisé Centre d’art Contemporain, Roubaix, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, among others. Her work is included in the collections of the Hammer Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Cosgrove studied at University of Minnesota (BFA), and University of California, Los Angeles (MFA). She lives and works in Altadena, California. In Defense of Ghosts (2011) satirizes the current basis of social and political order. Fusing animation and performance, a professor passionately lectures the viewer of the importance of believing in ghosts, as animated ghosts and caricatures of presidents of past dance on screen.
Anthony Discenza’s works have been presented widely nationally and internationally, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Australian Center for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Getty Center, Los Angeles; and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley. His work has garnered critical attention in Artforum, Artweek, and ArtReview, among other publications. Discenza received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2000, and a BA in Studio Art from Wesleyan University. He lives and works in Oakland, California and had his first exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery in 2004. Anthony Discenza presents a meditation on the culture of consumption and the drudgery of desire with Drift (2003). Visually, the piece is a slowly shifting mosaic, constantly interchanging images of stereotypical houses; conceptually, it quietly embodies the consumer ethos of restlessness and emptiness.
Lauren Kelley’s videos and photographs have been presented nationally at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; New Museum, New York; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; The Kitchen, New York; and Dodge Gallery, New York. Kelley received her MFA from the School of Art Institute, Chicago in 1999, and currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. True Falsetto (2011) is a short stop-motion film that wonderfully engages the viewer in its claymation artistry and its compelling insight into states of desire, despair, and stagnancy. An invisible protagonist narrates his preparations for a wonderful date that never occurs, as the video scans a lush picnic of delicately prepared, though untouched, delicacies. Amid the dialogue of hope turned despair, bees and flies hum excitedly around the food, ultimately succumbing to its seduction.
Catharine Clark Gallery will be closed from December 23, 2012 - January 1st, 2013 and will re-open January 2, 2013!