10 artists x 10 writers x 10 scary movies . The exhibition addresses a diversity of horrors influencing today's contemporary artistsÂ from Slasher films and Halloween traditions to the howl of Black Metal.
10 artists x 10 writers x 10 scary movies
Curated by Fernanda Arruda and Michael Clifton
SCREAM addresses a diversity of horrors influencing today's contemporary artists Â from Slasher films and Halloween traditions to the howl of Black Metal.
Matt Greene, Banks Violette and Bjarne Melgaard comb the dark landscapes of Goth, Black Metal and Sadomasochism to frame present-day horrors. For David Altmejd and Dora Longo Bahia, dread resides in the reification of things past as Werewolf heads and ghostly shadows occupy sculpture and photograph. Social rituals and the ornamental kitsch of Halloween provide fodder for Cameron Jamie and Amy Sarkisian.
Several artists draw upon particular moments and filmic devices common to the horror movie genre. Sue de Beer, Banks Violette and Michael Wetzel share an interest in how these filmmakers employ lighting, special effects and/or storyline to create unease in viewers. Not unlike Slasher film directors who conjure fear through self-contradiction, Brock Enright relies on 'misunderstanding of image and information' to fabricate terror in his ongoing 'extreme kidnapping' project.
Additionally, we invited 10 of our favorite writers to contribute essays on the participating artists. Their texts, along with abbreviated artist biographies and artwork images supplied by the artists, accompany the exhibition in the guise of a catalog mock-up. In this respect, Scream exists a scab on the curatorial framework of Cream projects by Phaidon; a crusty, ephemeral supplement that will never be published.
Lastly, instead of taking stabs at an artistÂ¹s practice by inscribing 'source artistÂ¹ relationships, we asked them to select scary movies as a way to contextualize their individual ties to horror. A mute discussion carries out on screen after the gallery closes.
10 Artists: David Altmejd, Dora Longo Bahia, Sue de Beer, Brock Enright, Matt Greene, Cameron Jamie, Bjarne Melgaard, Amy Sarkisian, Banks Violette, Michael Wetzel
10 Writers: Alissa Bennett, Johanna Burton, Chivas Clem, Meghan Dailey, Massimiliano Gioni, Jens Hoffmann, Brooke Minto, Brian Sholis, Ali Subotnick and Liz Thomas.
10 Scary Movies: Eyes Without a Face (Michael Wetzel); Ginger Snaps (Sue de Beer); Irreversible (Bjarne Melgaard); Martin (Banks Violette); Midnight I Will Take Your Soul (Dora Longo Bahia); Phantasm (Matt Greene); Phantom of the Opera (Amy Sarkisian); Possession (David Altmejd); Thundercrack! (Cameron Jamie); Trouble Every Day (Brock Enright). Contact gallery for schedule information.
Opening Thursday, January 15th from 6 to 8 pm.
Exhibition Dates: January 15 - February 14, 2004
Opening Thursday, January 15, 2004 from 6-8pm. The show will run through February 14. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am-6 pm.
For further information and images, please contact Fernanda Arruda or Michael Clifton at tel 212.'67.966', fax 212.'67.81'5
February 19 to March 20, 2004 - New work by Manfred Pernice.
Image: Dora Longo Bahia
Anton Kern Gallery
5'2 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011