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The Anti-Christ of Video: The Work of John Orentlicher

The Art School in the Art School is pleased to present: The Anti-Christ of Video: the Work of John Orentlicher
MAY 5-8, 2010

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday, May 5: 7-10pm
  • Thursday, May 6: 5-10pm
  • Friday, May 7: 1-6pm
  • Saturday, May 8: 12-4 pm

The Anti-Christ of Video is a selection of work by artist John Orentlicher, representing many stages in his career as a video artist. Orentlicher’s work encompasses a range of interests, including transformations of culture and community–specifically, the impact of new technologies–as well as explorations of voyeurism, surveillance, and sexuality.

Orentlicher started working in video in 1969, embracing the medium’s dexterity, and fusing it with his involvement in performance and sculpture. He created work in which women shared their experiences on camera, exploring topics ranging from body image to spousal abuse. This work focused, in part, on creating alternative representations to those found in mass media; it grew into a body of video works which examine such communities–groups formed around ‘alternative’ interests–including war gamers and train hobbyists.

In the 1990s, Orentlicher returned to Chile, where he’d served as a Peace Corps volunteer thirty years prior; he created several videos which explore place, infrastructure, technology, and broader cultural histories.  During this time, Orentlicher also began composing studies of the flanuer, and the commodification of women, which draw from Walter Benjamin’s “The Arcades Project.”

Throughout his work, Orentlicher’s imagery, clear sense of place, and the very act of his looking form alternative narrative structures rife–or ripe–with tension.

In our small room, black and white videos from the 1970s will be on view, including early performative works “Plow, Skid, Drag” and “Gemini Fire Extension,” as well as “Things I Say” and “You Send Me.”

In the larger room, two more recent bodies of work will be projected:  America: North, including “We Pay to Look Like This,” “About A Ton of Coal,” Night Walking,” and “Stable,” and America: South, which includes “Wave Cycle,” “Coffee with Legs” and “Cantadas.”

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