Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Getty's Center

The Getty Museum has an exhibition titled California Video. The exhibition shows a variety of experimentations in video art throughout the state of California.

Waiting for students

view of Getty's garden

front view before the entrance

very windy day but the weather was perfect

One of the videos that my group enjoyed was titled Volcano, Trash, and Ice Cream, by Meg Cranston. This video showed an ice cream cone melting while on the floor was a collage of paper remnants. The melting of the ice cream functions like a clock, taking one hour to completely melt. The colorful paper remnants on the floor recall the streets of Naples, Italy which are often littered with trash and melted gelato.

Another video that our group found interesting was Backdrop by Hilja Keading. There were images projecting on the walls and six TVs on the ground varying in size. The video shows a woman trying to fix a hose quickly, while making the viewer feel intense.

Thirdly, there was a piece titled Chartres Bleu by Paul Kos. This piece had 27 small TVs all the same size. The TVs replicate a stained glass window from Chartres Cathedral in France. The video panes would fade from light to dark to indicate day and night. Even though they were just TVs everything looked real.
Furthermore we saw a video by Stephen Beck titled Video Weavings. This video was interesting due to the fact that it was abstract. There were many colors and patterns going across the screen. Most people seemed to find this disturbing while some found it fascinating. We learned that Beck produced such images from two inventions known as the Beck Direct Video Synthesizer and the Video Weaver.

My group enjoyed the work of Jay McCafferty whose video was titled, Self-Portrait, Every Year. This video composed of many short clips, one for every year, of Jay McCafferty shaving while looking in the mirror. Each time he stated, “When I shave, I use this mirror.” As we watched the video we could see the man age and change in appearance throughout the years. My group found this video interesting in that it was a video made into a self portrait. Most self portraits are done by drawing and painting but to seeing it through a video made it more interesting to see.

Lastly, we saw a piece by John Baldessari titled, I will not make any more Boring Art. The video’s function was exactly how it was titled. My group liked this video because we felt it presented the meaning and purpose of video art. Baldessari stated, “This action clearly illuminates one potent axion of video art that anything can become interesting and important once it is presented on a television monitor.” Video art can take something simple and make it seem significant. For example, the piece with the ice cream cone melting, no one would stop to look at an ice cream cone melting in any other way, but when put into a video; it makes and changes it into something significant.

some more...

this was one of the most decorative piece in the room
it made visitors as if they were watching the TV from home
"The Eternal Frame" 1975 by T.R. Uthco and Ant Farm

very simple yet very thoughtful piece by Bruce Nauman, Video Surveillance piece 1969-1970

group: Filomena, Joon, Michale, Paula

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