Multiplexer is proud to present Intercept a seven part series exploring the various approaches to video as a medium in contemporary arts today.
Intercept began as a public call for art to create a panorama of genres,investigations, studies and endeavors of video artists today. The artists selected for this series span all continents and produce work with a wide variety of subjects and an even wider array of technical approaches. The Intercept Series will form the base from which the gallery expects to provide the opportunity to cultivate a discerning and critical audience of video art in Las Vegas going forward.
The context and approach varies from artist to artist but increasingly the outlook of video art continues to be dependent on how much it distinguishes itself from or is in opposition to the “broadcasted television” in its current commercialized form.
June 11th through July 6th 2012
Brian Stinemetz “Counting on Counting”
Fernando Velazquez “Self Portrait”
Jason Robinson “Nothing to Undo”
Jean-Michel Rolland “acommunication”
Robert Dorhmann “Garbage Glitter”
Ninia Sverdrup “Urban Scene XIII : Entrance”
Liat Berdugo “Switch”
Bryan Hewitt, Vita Hewitt, JD Beltran, Scott Minneman and Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov
“Forbidden Fruit” and “The Two Veg Deal”
“Counting on Counting” Duration 10 Seconds
Brian Stinemetz is an artist whose work examines a de-evolution of technology by exploring the space between digital precision and the imperfection of the human hand. Brian believes the idea should dictate the medium, not the other way around. He has been included in a number of solo and group shows. Select exhibitions include the LoBot Gallery, Oakland, CA; Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Gallery One Point, Denver, CO; Momo Gallery, Kansas City, MO; Patricia Doran Gallery, Boston, MA and recently at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY. In 2006 he recieved his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He recieved his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1999. Brian was born in Southwest Kansas and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
“Self Portrait” Duration 3 minutes 27 seconds 2011
Fernando Velázquez is a multimedia artist. He works with video, installation, interactive pieces, objects and audiovisual performances. He is a PhD candidate in Communication and Semiotics at PUC-SP, and has participated in exhibitions as the Mercosul Biennale (Brazil, 2009), Mapping Festival (Switzerland, 2011), WRO Biennale (Poland, 2011) and the Pocket Film Festival at Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2007). His work was honored with several distinctions as the Sergio
Motta Prize for Art and Technology (Brazil, 2009), Locative Media Arte.mov (Brazil, 2008) and Artificial Life (Spain, 2008) among others. He use to give courses and workshops in public and private institutions and non-profits or independent organizations. Nowadays he teach in a post graduation course at FAAP University, São Paulo, Brazil. Lives and work in Sao Paulo.
Jason Robinson and Ryan Little
“Nothing To Undo” 2012 4 minutes 4 seconds
J. Robinson is a new media artist and an educator. He lives and works in Charlottesville, VA, USA.
Ryan Little is a musician and a journalist. He lives and works in Washington, DC, USA.
“Acommunication” 2011 5 minutes 29 seconds
Jean-Michel Rolland, a musician for a long time then a painter, focus on video art to make his two favorite medium meet: sound and image. At the origin of each of his creations, musicality plays a role as important as image does and each one influences the other by transmediality. The result is a series of experimental videos where sound and image are so inseparable that the one without the other would lose its meaning.
He particularly appreciates using short sequences (samples) and repeat them all along his experimentations, wishing to transfigure commonplaces into coherent work. The sequences are treated as mere utensils, found objects, used to create visual and musical compositions at a time.
Robert Dohrmann received his BA in Art with an emphasis in Painting in 1989 and his MFA in Painting and Drawing in 1992 at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington USA. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Oklahoma. In 2001, Dohrmann turned his research interests to digital media. His most recent body of works include experimental video shorts, a series of large scale propaganda banners relating to the nuclear age and post September 11 issues, audio mash-up’s and nonlinear interactive web based media (concepts ranging from digital communication styles to the human genome project). He has had several solo exhibitions throughout the US and has participated in many international film festivals over the past several years.
“Urban Scene XIII:entrance” 2011 5 Minutes 19 seconds
Ninia Sverdrup (b.1971) is a swedish artist working with video and drawing. She graduated from Umeå Art Academy in Sweden 2004, and since then lives and works in Berlin
Ninia Sverdrup’s work has long dealt with the concept of time, for ex its significance in everyday life, as in the expression “to have time for”. An early pieces was ”My To-Do List”, in which she spent an entire day at the post office—from nine in the morning until six in the evening— just to buy three stamps. Sverdrup often makes reference to the Japanese concept of ma, the valuable emptiness in a non-rational way of perceiving time and space
Urban Scene is a series video loops, all with a fixed camera that captures everyday events in an urban space that in itself has the character of a movie set. None of the action is planned. These entirely commonplace images are carefully reworked but most effort focuses on composing the sounds in the scenes. The soundtrack is always entirely constructed afterward.
“Switch” 2012 3 minutes 59 seconds
Liat Berdugo is an American artist whose work focuses on the strange, delightful and increasingly ambiguous terrain that lies between the digital and the analog and between the online and the offline. Her work has been shown at conferences in the U.S. and in Canada, including at &Now 2011: Tomorrowland Forever!, and in galleries and festivals internationally.
Berdugo designed user experiences in Silicon Valley before returning to school to pursue her M.F.A. in Digital + Media at RISD. She currently lives and works in Providence, RI.
JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The M.H. De Young Museum, The Getty Center, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in both the 2006 and 2008 ZeroOne San Jose New Media Biennials. She has been commissioned for public art projects in San Francisco, San Jose, Cleveland, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, and Art Papers. She writes columns on art and culture for both SFGate.com and the Huffington Post, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers¹ Grotto. Beltran is the President of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is also faculty in the Film, New Genres, and Design & Technology Programs of the San Francisco Art Institute.
Scott Minneman is an award winning artist, inventor, designer, and engineer. He fabricates, and exhibits novel physical interactive devices in public spaces. With degrees in architecture and engineering from MIT (MS and BS) and Stanford (PhD), he worked at the think-tank Xerox PARC, and co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc. His interactive projects are exhibited all over the world, including Mexico City, Singapore, Denver, San Francisco, San Jose, Nashville, Jersey City, Irving, Texas, and more. His public interactive art has been exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Jose, Cleveland, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bishkek, Krygrzstan. Blending art with technology, he creates innovative forms of immersive, interactive storytelling.
Bryan Hewitt is an interdisciplinary artist and freelance photographer currently living and working in San Anselmo and San Francisco, California. He has shown both nationally and internationally, most recently as part of Raw Feed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA and Over My Dead Body at Root Division in San Francisco, CA.He is currently represented by Chandra Cerrito, Art Advisor. His work is included in the permanent collections of Yatoo, The Korean Nature Arts Association, and SF Recycling & Disposal.
Hewitt attended Southern Oregon University where he earned a B.A. in Art with a minor in Spanish Literature in 2000. He received an M.F.A. in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004. Since that time he has held positions as an instructor at the graduate and/or undergraduate level at the Memphis College of Art, the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, the UC Berkeley Extension Program, the Academy of Art University and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently working as a freelance photographer, color management consultant and photography instructor.
Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov is an artist, curator and educator living in San Francisco whose work marries sculpture, photography and performance in an exploration of the ever-shifting concepts of identity and portraiture. Her work reclaims the corporeal presence and reveals the crude state of our closest relationships. Emmanuelle co-directs OFF Space, a nomadic curatorial organization exploring real world site-specificity, the relationship of site, object, action, and curation. In this capacity she’s helped to bring together over 7 exhibitions with more than 70 local and international artists working with such topics as the “other”, the current economic crises and the history and trajectory of West Coast Conceptualism. Spread, Conceptualism Then and Now was presented at SOMArts, in 2011 and received the Commons Curatorial Grant. Emmanuelle’s work has been shown in different venues throughout the US and has been written about on Art Practical and published in SF Weekly and East Bay Express, she received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, 2008.
Vita Hewitt is an Asian-American artist currently working in San Francisco, California. She has shown both locally and nationally, most recently as part of Raw Feed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA and Over My Dead Body at Root Division in San Francisco, CA.
Hewitt began working on Chuck as an alter ego while immersed in sales culture. This allowed her to use the physical form of the white male to draw attention to the use of language and scripted dialog that occurs so frequently in corporate culture. Soon afterwards, Vita began working with her husband, Bryan Hewitt, and together they formed Chuck, Inc.
She is currently working as a freelance photographer and instructor in The Meridian Interns Program at the Meridian Gallery in San francisco, Ca.