Video Art to Binge, Curated by LA Filmforum
For our January/February 2018 issue launch party, held at Station 1640 in Hollywood, we wanted to try something a little bit different. We were inspired by the venue’s interiors curated by club owner and graffiti artist Guerilla One; colorful pieces splashing against walls and ceilings, created by some of America’s most notable street artists. The white tile covering the DJ booth, the subway windows that make up the back bar, and the larger-than-life video screen sparked an idea in us: let’s screen art videos that visually complement the gritty-yet-soulful look and feel of the nightclub.
Special thanks to Adam Hyman of LA Filmforum for graciously curating a series of videos exclusively for us. If you didn’t make it, or you were simply too busy cutting a rug to the music selected by DJ Softcore, here’s your opportunity to sit back, relax, and add some video art to your watchlist…
Adebukola Bodunrin (Buki) – “even when life is sad, people still have a good time”
Adebukola Bodunrin is a Nigerian-Canadian film, video, and installation artist who explores language, culture, and media. In her collage animations, she manipulates film using unorthodox manual and digital techniques in order to produce unexpected cinematic experiences. Bodunrin completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Karissa Hahn – “REGAL”
Karissa Hahn is a visual artist who uses the mechanical devices of cinema to deconstruct former artifacts by physically transforming celluloid – an osmosis of digital manipulation & optical printing. Her work often employs a series of format transfers to birth digitally-native effects on film and homogenized products which have been referred to as ‘spectra ephemera.’ Karissa currently makes performative super 8 films, digital8 videos, installations, and 16mm pieces. Hahn has shown work around the globe in various cinemas and institutions.
Caitlin Horsmon – “Themes and Variations for the Naked Eye”
Caitlin Horsmon is an artist, curator and teacher based in Kansas City Missouri who makes films, videos and installations. Her work has been exhibited around the world and she has received numerous awards and grants including a Rocket Grant form the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art. Caitlin is one of six artists who make up the curatorial collaboration and artist-run space Plug Projects. She is Associate Professor of Film & Media Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she serves as a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty.
Kate Lain – “Mountain Trip”
Kate Lain is a Los Angeles–area artist working in film, video, clay, and other media. She is interested in intersections—of human and nature, myth and lived experience, structural and personal, feminine and masculine. Her video and film work verges on documentary and spans a wide range—from essay film to stop-motion collage to impressionist portrait. She has an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking, and her works have screened at festivals and venues internationally.
Ben Popp – “Triangles”
Ben Popp is a filmmaker and curator living in Portland Oregon. Working primarily in the field of animation and hand made techniques, Ben enjoys exploring the various ways moving images are created. Ben is currently the head regional programmer for the Northwest Film Center where he oversees the West coasts’ oldest film festival, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.
Andrew Rosinski – “Island Light”
Andrew Rosinski (b. 1987, Traverse City, Michigan, USA) is a visual artist, filmmaker, and independent curator. In 2009, he founded Dinca (dinca.org), a contemporary art blog surveying the most noteworthy and innovative artworks that exist in physical, digital, & time-based spaces. In 2012, he founded Vision Quest, a contemporary moving image & media arts festival based in Chicago. In 2014, he was awarded a Propeller Grant, a program by the Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts as part of its initiative to promote informal and independently organized visual arts activities across the United States. His artwork — moving image, painting & drawing, sculpture & objects, text, digital media — has exhibited around the country and internationally. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn / NYC.
Jennifer Juniper Stratford – “Rest Easy”
Jennifer Juniper Stratford is a multidimensional artist, technomancer, and media mogul.
In 2004 she established Telefantasy Studios, a mutant television studio and analog media lab dedicated to creating innovative and original new programming, music videos, immersive environments, and highly sought-after simsense chips scavenged from the post-digital apocalypse.
Her work has been exhibited, broadcast, and screened internationally and includes MoCA, Getty Museum, The Hammer Museum, V&A, Cinemarfa, CPH:DOX, The Museum of the Moving Image New York, New Beverly Cinema, BAM Cinématek, Cinefamily, on public access stations across the United States, and various exhibitions in cyberspace. She is the recipient of the 2016 Mike Kelley Foundation Grant.