FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Prison to a Slave
Derric Eady, Eric Medine, Suzanne Oshinsky and Nam June Paik
June 5July 12, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5, 6-9 pm
3850 Wilshire Blvd #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Directors, May Chung, Susan Baik
213-389-2601, fax 213-389-3205
Web site, http://www.andrewshiregallery.com
Hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
AndrewShire Gallery presents Prison to a Slave, a group exhibition by new media/video artists Derric Eady, Eric Medine, Suzanne Oshinsky and Nam June Paik. The artists draw on contrasting methods of production such as video projection, installation and object making to reflect on ways in which free thought can be held captive and sometimes enslaved by language.
Derric Eady uses the unending vastness of spaces associated with videogame technology to propose virtual landscapes in which watchers/partakers can venture into lucid dreamlike states while remaining connected to the sights and sounds of their non-dream worlds. Signs float in and out of Eady’s videos the way images appear in the mind and exit from it inexplicably. Symbols that seem to be connected with current world affairs or conflicts are in truth used without narrative or investigative analysis.
Eric Medine’s modified television with a companion screen in the form of a wall of televisions has the living-dead inspired title, Zombie Television. The physical components are a battery powered wireless television set, a motion controller and a mountain of televisions that the user can, to some degree, manipulate. In essence, the operator activates an unwieldy monster-like remote control by slamming, kicking or rolling it around. Reminiscent of a pile of zombies in bondage to the uncaring mastermind of their fate, the barricade of televisions becomes enslaved to the moving television remote which triggers the slippage between desire and destiny.
Suzanne Oshinsky’s videos confirm her practice as a multimedia performance artist by focusing on relations between multiple chains of signifiers and their links to notions of loss or absence. In her video titled I Am Thrown, the human body is portrayed as the site for first, second and third person narratives that slide around in the audio element exchanging positions with each other to create confusion as to who is speaking. It just may be a voice in your head speaking from a place where the ego or “I” self is only an illusion.
Nam June Paik’s video art, objects and installations offer a glimpse into the life of one of our most treasured artists. Considered to be the father of video art, Paik was a composer, performance artist and member of the legendary sixties neo-Dada international avant-garde Fluxus movement and the Happening scene in New York. Before his death in 2006, he helped form the foundation on which younger video artists now build their careers. Presented in this show will be number five in a series of twelve works titled Internet Dweller. The work was exhibited from 1994-1998 in Paik’s traveling installation titled “The Electronic Super Highway.”