Known for her experimental video performances with contemporary, electronic composers, Angie Eng is ending 2015 with an ironic twist in her solo exhibit, Doom and Gloom at the pioneering abode for downtown artists with a proclivity for new technology, and hybrid forms including sound, moving image and interactivity. She presents three single-channel videos created over the past seven years, as well as an interactive video painting series on pollution.
Opening Wednesday December 16th at 5 – 9 pm
Open to the Public: December 16th– 31st noon – 5 pm (call for Saturday appt.) Closed on Sundays.
Location: Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602 New York NY 10012
Phone: 212-431-1130 Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R to Prince, #6 to Bleecker
Angie Eng – Doom and Gloom, a Solo exhibition
with music by
Rhys Chatham (with installation Man Made)
Jean Philippe Gross (for video Monsters)
Charlemagne Palestine (with installation Man Made)
The Harvestworks exhibition will include Angie Eng’s three single-channel videos created over the past seven years: Endings (2008) a remix of archival Hollywood film credits made in honor of the closing of the Mayan calendar with the world’s finale as over-consumption, Monsters (2009) horror classics hyper sped up with live drawing of munchian portraiture to illustrate fear of marriage (a personal account) and Nasatak (2014) a visualization of economic crisis and booms through miniscule samples from hundreds of titles, such as Rio Bravo, Bringing up Baby and Sunset Boulevard– a pop quiz for the late Kim’s video, film buff clerk.
The second part of the exhibit showcases her series, Man Made (2013-15) interactive video paintings inspired during an art residency in Beijing where the World Air Quality Index on a clear day hovers around 350 (Los Angeles is 75 on a bad day). Poisoned horizons were created with local plastic flip-flops soaked in Chinese ink and plotted on rice paper. Bird’s eye views of town squares from various cities are gaussian-blurred into billowing clouds of pollution mapped onto the paintings. As the viewer approaches the work, the moving images gradually morph into shots of one-on-one confrontations of tourists taking photos ostensibly of the spectator. Bizarre analogy, it may be, Man Made is a subliminal critique on our voyeuristic response to crisis in an epoch of mass/social media overkill, whereby narcissistic disorder plus entertainment value are part of every equation.
Angie Eng is a visual artist working in a variety of mediums including: video, installation and performance. After having spent 15 years in New York City establishing herself as an experimental video artist, she relocated to Paris where she now lives and works. Her work has been performed and exhibited at the Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Lincoln Center Video Festival, The Kitchen, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, Roulette Intermedium, Bronx Museum, Artists Space, Art in General, Anthology Film Archives, Experimental Intermedia, Le Cube and Cité de la Musique.
For her multimedia and new media projects she has received grants and commissions: New Radio and Performing Arts, Harvestworks, Art In General, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Alternative Museum, and Experimental TV Center Finishing Funds and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
She has worked with composers, dancers, theatre, sound and video artists including: Ron Anderson (Molecules), Rhys Chatham, Audrey Chen, Luke DuBois, Vincent Epplay, Yuko Fujiyama, Jon Giles, Andy Grayton, Sofi Hémon, Jason Kao Hwang, Simon Hostettler, Jessica Higgins, Hoppy Kamiyama, Koosil-Ja, Zach Layton, Okkyung Lee, David Linton, Jarryd Lowder, Shoko Nagai, Matthew Ostrowski, Jean Jacques Palix, Zeena Parkins, Ludovic Poulet, Rémi Préchac, Liminal Projects, Kyoko Kitamura, David Linton, Thierry Madiot, Geoff Matters, Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Jane Scarpantoni, Peter Scherer, Kevin Shea (Talibam), David Simms (Jesus Lizards), Jim Staley, Satoshi Takeishi, Atau Tanaka, Yumiko Tanaka,Keiko Uenishi, Elisabeth Valletti, Vire Volte Theatre, Nancy Meli Walker and David Weinstein.
She is also a European correspondent for AOA (Artist Organized Art) to support a critical dialogue between artists, art practice and dissemination via public events.
Included in the exhibit is music from the latest release of downtown New York experimental minimalist composers, Rhys Chatham and Charlemagne Palestine. In addition French noise musician Jean-Philippe Gross is featured in the video, Monsters.
Article on AOA
Man Made was made possible in part by a Red Gate Art Residency
Nasatak was made possible in part by a Mac Dowell Colony for the Arts residency
Special thanks: Bethany Bristow, Daniel Belquer, Rhys Chatham, Goldie, Jean-Philippe Gross,
Jerome Hugot, Lynn and Harald Husum, Charlemagne Palestine and Carol Parkinson