October 14 – March 4, 2005
Click here for a PDF of “Instant Ruin,” an essay by Eric Fredericksen accompanying the exhibition.
It’s hard to look away from a disaster. Crash. Pause. Rewind. gathered works by artists on destruction and its depictions. Typically operating at one remove from the depicted events, the artists re-represented the representations. The show examined the disaster imagery generated by Hollywood and the news media as a commodified sublime, set on eternal repeat.
Jon Haddock’s Screenshots Series presented scenes drawn from movies, television news, and photojournalism, recasting varied fictional and documentary scenes as if they were screengrabs from 16-bit video games. Chris Larson’s Pause imagined, in a lifesize wooden sculpture, the Dukes of Hazzard’s Dodge Charger, the General Lee, crashing into Ted Kaczynski’s Montana cabin. During the run, Crispin Spaeth Dance Group presented the newly commissioned Dark Room, a dance performed in a pitch-black gallery, viewed under infra-red lights through night-vision scopes.