Super 8 is an artist-curated video art exhibition organized by the Los Angeles-based Christopher Grimes Gallery. The exhibition first opened at the gallery in July 2011, then traveled to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (January – June 2012) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (in two parts, March and August 2012). The Museum of Modern Art, Rio marks the final institution for this exhibition.
Eight artists from eight different cities across the globe were invited to present their own videos and, in addition, invite four other artists from their respective cities to present works as well. A total of 40 artists from Berlin, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and Tokyo are represented in the project.
A unique feature of Super 8 is that this collection of diverse work in one-, two- and three-channel formats, selected through a peer-to-peer curatorial process, accumulates into a serial format exhibition with a global scope. The diverse selection of videos include Brazilian artist Thiago Rocha Pitta’s “Homage to JMW Turner,” a performative video honoring British Romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner; Los Angeles-based artist Euan Macdonald’s “The Healer,” which questions the illusion of the recorded image; and Dublin-based artist Jaki Irvine’s “The Actress,” which addresses issues of the human condition. The artists/curators are Marco Brambilla, Takehito Koganezawa, Reynold Reynolds, Julião Sarmento, Tunga, Richard T. Walker, Walker and Walker, and Wood & Harrison. Additional invited artists include John Baldessari, Nate Boyce, Yuki Okamura, and João Onofre.
Week 1: April 6 – 14
Lisbon, curated by Julião Sarmento
Week 2: April 16 – 21
San Francisco, curated by Richard T. Walker
Week 3: April 23 – 28
Tokyo, curated by Takehito Koganezawa
Week 4: April 30 – May 5
Rio de Janeiro, curated by Tunga
Week 5: May 8 – 12
London, curated by Wood & Harrison
Week 6: May 14 – 19
Los Angeles, curated by Marco Brambilla
Week 7: May 21 – 26
Berlin, curated by Reynold Reynolds
Week 8: May 28 – June 2
Dublin, curated by Walker & Walker
Julião Sarmento was born in 1948 in Lisbon, Portugal and studied painting and architecture at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts, where he received his master’s degree in 1976. Sarmento has developed a multi-media visual language – combining film, video, sound, painting, sculpture and installations – which often deals with issues of complex interpersonal relationships. Recently Sarmento was the subject of a major retrospective at Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal. His work has been exhibited at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Holland; and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Sarmento lives and works in Estoril, Portugal.
Richard T. Walker
Born in the UK and currently living in San Francisco, Richard T. Walker’s tender and provocative videos challenge the presumption that the natural world revolves around us. Walker received an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2005. His international group exhibitions include Don Quijote, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Romantic Damage, De Appel, Amsterdam; Beyond The Country, The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Terminus, Para/Site, Hong Kong; and Meditators, at the National Museum in Warsaw. In 2010, he had solo shows at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis; Angels, Barcelona; Christopher Grimes Gallery in Los Angeles, and a solo presentation of work as part of Transplanted at the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Takehito Koganezawa was born in 1974 in Tokyo and is an artist living and working in Tokyo and Berlin. Koganezawa works with video, drawing, installation and performance – treating each as an equal means of expression. All of his works share a poetic approach to everyday occurrences and observation, an engagement with the issues of time and the void, as well as underlying musicality. Koganezawa has exhibited internationally at institutions such as Haus am Waldsee, Germany; Langen Foundation, Germany; Mori Art Museum, Japan; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA), Japan; Museu de Arte Moderna São Paulo, Brazil; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; and Haunch of Venison, London. He has exhibited nationally at Queens Museum, New York; Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
Rio de Janeiro
Tunga was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1952 and is the youngest of a group of conceptual Brazilian artists that emerged in the 1970s. Tunga’s main medium of sculpture is influenced by performance art, photography, drawing and video, and investigates themes of language, myths and poetry, using materials such as steel, copper and wax. In 2012 Inhotim dedicated a 2,600 sq. meter pavilion to Tunga’s work which includes six major installations acquired by the institution in the past 10 years. His work can be seen in permanent collections of major museums around the world, such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia; Madrid, and Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Tunga is based in Rio de Janeiro.
Wood & Harrison
British artists John Wood (born 1969 in Hong Kong) and Paul Harrison (born 1966 in Wolverhampton, England) both studied at the Bath College of Higher Education and have been working together since 1993. They are best known for video-based works that frequently involve the manipulation of familiar objects. Their works, often minimalist and sculptural with elements of installation and performance, take a position between tragedy, comedy and irony. They have exhibited widely in Europe and North America and have works in the permanent collections of the Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Solo shows include Some words, some more words at Ikon, Birmingham (2009); Answers to Questions at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2010); H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas (2011).
Marco Brambilla is an Italian-born Canadian artist and filmmaker who works in the United States. Brambilla studied film at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and initially worked in commercials and feature films, which resulted in him directing the successful 1993 science fiction film “Demolition Man.” In 1998 he shifted focus to video and photography projects. Much of his work is made using found film footage that is edited, layered and spliced to create compelling new narratives and stunning visual mosaics. Brambilla has been the subject of a 10-year survey, The Dark Lining, at Santa Monica Museum of Art. He has exhibited works in private and public collections, including at the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, both in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Reynold Reynolds is an artist and filmmaker with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Reynold Reynolds primarily works with 16mm film as an art medium. Influenced by philosophy and science, his practice is based on transformation, consumption and decay. Reynold Reynolds was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2003, and in 2004 he was invited to The American Academy in Berlin with a studio at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien for one year. Reynolds has received numerous awards for his films, including the Festival Award for Secret Life at the European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck, 2008, the ’09 Distinction Award for Six Apartments at Transmediale Berlin and Mention spéciale du jury, Last Day of the Republic at Videoformes, 2011.
Walker & Walker
Joe Walker and Pat Walker started collaborating as artists in 1989. In 2005 they co-represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. They have exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Their film Mount Analogue Revisited was selected by Fergus Daly in Senses of Cinema as one of the best films of 2010.
April 6th – June 2nd
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