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"CUT/Film as Found Object: Video Works by Some of Today's Most Influential Artists"
2005-06-25 until 2005-09-11
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee, WI, USA

CUT/Film as Found Object, on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum June 25 - September 11, 2005 is a fascinating installation consisting of 14 video works by some of today's most influential artists. CUT explores how contemporary artists use excerpts from pre-existing films and television to create new narratives, different emotional contexts and new musical scores. Artists featured include Christian Marclay, Pierre Huyghe and Douglas Gordon. The exhibition is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum with the assistance of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami. CUT/Film as Found Object had its world premiere November 13, 2004 - January 30, 2005 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and was on display during Art Basel Miami Beach contemporary art fair in December.

"The artists in this exhibition are creating some of today's most innovative work in the fields of film and video," said Milwaukee Art Museum curator Margaret Andera. "We are pleased to present this ground-breaking work in Milwaukee."

In this intriguing exhibition, artists manipulate the most familiar of media, the moving picture, film and television, restructuring reality to make the familiar unfamiliar and providing the viewer the opportunity to comprehend a new reality. The emphasis is not on the use of found footage itself, but on its manipulation to create a new work.

The 14 works in the exhibition, each housed in an independent theatre or viewing room, explore a wide range of variations and methodologies. Indebted to the appropriation strategies of the '80s and sampling in hip hop and rap music of the '90s, these artists are united by their gestural use of the editing.

The artists in CUT have taken the material of their reality, the movie and the news program, and manipulated it to reveal its power to communicate and shape reality. Whether through looping, repetition, erasure or compression, their active manipulation of their medium recalls the importance that action was given by Richard Serra in 1968, when he published Verb List, a list of actions that a sculptor could use to create sculpture - to roll, to crease, to fold, to cut, etc. CUT explores the actions through which artists create video.

The exhibition is curated by Stefano Basilico, former MAM adjunct curator of contemporary art. The exhibition is presented by Friends of Art, with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

The accompanying catalog, CUT/Film as Found Object by Stefano Basilico, 115 pages, $24.95, is available in the MAM Store.

Works in the exhibition include:
Soliloquy Trilogy (2002) by Candice Breitz
Video Quartet (2002) and Telephone (1995) by Christian Marclay
Ellipse (1998) by Pierre Huyghe
24 Hour Psycho (1993) and Black and White (Babylon) (1996) by Douglas Gordon
Horror Chase (2002) and Learning from Las Vegas (2003) by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
The Long Count (Rumble in the Jungle) (2001); The Long Count (I Shook up the World) (2001); The Long Count (Thrilla in Manila) (2001); and Live Evil (2002) by Paul Pfeiffer
CNN Concatenated (2002) by Omer Fast
The Blink (2000-2001) by Michael Joaquin Grey

Omer Fast
CNN Concatenated, 2002.
DVD. 18 minutes. Edition of 5.

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