a tale of a few cities

The Art of the Freudian Slip

Posted in Art, artist statement, artists, video, video art, Wordsworth by petercombe on June 29, 2011


See also Bollocks >

Laurent Champoussin, UNCUT LOOPS

Posted in Art, Photography, portraits, video by petercombe on March 11, 2011

UNCUT LOOPS, brilliant looped video portraits by Laurent Champoussin. Be sure to scroll sideways at the site.

Martijn Hendriks, 12 Glowing Men

Posted in Art, Cinéma, film, Uncategorized, video by petercombe on January 26, 2011
Untitled (12 Glowing Men), 2008. Still from a single channel video DVD, projection and website. Color and black and white, sound. 4 min 10 sec loop.


Dutch artist Martijn Hendriks has a Web site dedicated to a 4 min excerpt of “12 Angry Men” in which rainbows inexplicably appear on the actor’s skin.

In his video installation “Untitled (12 Glowing Men)” Dutch artist, Martijn Hendriks takes the climactic jury-room scene from 1957′s “12 Angry Men” and haloes the deliberators with a prismatic, heaven-like glow. To me, it’s like a physical manifestation of their emotion and almost as if nature itself is intervening. The light itself spreads and morphs onto the men as each turns his back on the one man you wants to condemn the accused. There’s an intrinsic sanctimony involved in the trial-by-jury system, as if perhaps these men exalt themselves through the act of determining the fate of another. Notice how by the end of the scene, the only man devoid of the ethereal light is the one who’s been shunned by all the others.

Aside from that, it’s stunningly beautiful. Watch. (Jeremy ElderShape+Colour, Sept. 08)


Trisha Donnelly, Untitled

Posted in Art, video by petercombe on August 23, 2010

Trisha Donnelly, Untitled,  2008, DVD, 4min. loop


Lucas Michael, U don’t bring me flowers

Posted in Art, video by petercombe on July 12, 2010

I discovered this brilliant video piece, U don’t bring me flowers, (2006), by Los Angeles based artist Lucas Michael a few days ago. At once both wry and slightly macabre, it has a Candice Breitz edge to it – yet more fluid and uplifting. It really is worth clicking the link below to view.

In San Francisco, Silverman Gallery presents After Hours, an exhibition of new work by Lucas Michael on view from June 11 – July 17, 2010

U don’t bring me flowers >

Giulio Frigo

Posted in Art, italia, Photography, Photomontage, video by petercombe on June 17, 2010


35mm slide projection (RAI archive) over a video projection (4 platonic solids)


Sona Safaei-Sooreh

Posted in Art, Uncategorized, video by petercombe on April 2, 2010

Sona Safaei-Sooreh Post Production
Sona Safaei-Sooreh is one of the artists that I am currently exhibiting with at the Diane Farris Gallery for the month of April.

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April 1 – May 1, 2010
Diane Farris Gallery

1590 W. 7th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada


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Tour de Force at SFMOMA

Posted in Art, San Francisco by petercombe on October 26, 2009
Candice Breitz, Mother (composite), 2005; six-channel video installation with sound


Yesterday’s visit to SFMoMA was particularly rewarding. The Museum seemed much larger this time, perhaps it was because all of the galleries were open. The above video ‘Mother’ by Candice Breitz was incredible. For this video piece, Breitz edited film performances by Faye Dunaway, Diane Keaton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Meryl Streep to create a revealing composite of the Hollywood cliché of the difficult mother. The video attached presents the work in a different format than was experienced yesterday. At the SFMoMA Breitz’s video monitors were arranged in a single slightly concave row. Nor is it the full length version, the clip above stops rather abruptly, before Shirley McLaine and Fay Dunaway’s performance comes into full stride.
A powerful achievement that must have employed months of editing. Really quite intense and enjoyable stuff. Go to Candice Breitz, click on ‘work’, then ‘video’ to watch the the full length video in a better resolution and sound.
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Video Art, Josh Azzarella

Posted in Art by petercombe on October 13, 2009


Untitled #100 (Fantasia) (2009) – Josh Azzarella

Michael Jackson’s iconic music video for Thriller stripped entirely of its dancers and music, instead the artist presents an emptied set, accompanied by an ambient soundtrack.


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Matthew Williamson by Johan Renck

Posted in Art, serious television by petercombe on October 11, 2009

Bizarre H&M commercial with a few art moments via Johan Renck for Matthew Williamson.

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