Thursday, July 19, 2007

Video artist J. Michael Deane writes in his statement for
lucid.ludic that “situation is a collaboration after all,” and in this installation both he and the artist Sabina Ott take on the “situation” of the show as a site, a conversation, and an opportunity to create new work. “the secret impulses of a becoming-expressive musician bird” is the core of their exchange, a series of takes of caged song birds at a pet store. For Deane, the birds are found objects that he documents and reshoots (two of the monitors show images of the original birds captured off his own television). Ott’s conversation with Deane’s work is to use the language of painting - “color, texture, gesture, rhythm” - to set the stage for Deane’s five-channel video work. Finding objects in the gallery, and colors and rhythms in the video, she has painted the walls a Canary yellow, and created a landscape of colorful pedestals through which the image and sound of the birds resonate.

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