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Jet Set Saturday’s: “The Best of Loop: Remote Viewing” at the Pacific Design Center

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Screen cap from Secret Life by Reynold Reynolds from the exhibition The Best of Loop: Remote Viewing.

WeHo is back on Artlurker’s A-list for Art Loves Design at the Pacific Design Center. The initiative hosts a bevy of artist-driven and gallery-initiated projects within a floor of vacant design showrooms. From Carl Berg Gallery’s expansive show (see the cardboard tree constructions by Allen Tombello), to the brilliant “library” installation of painter Monique Van Genderen juxtaposed in a space by the physically daunting clay works of Roger Herman, to Bari Ziperstein’s assiduous ceramic/collage mélange at See Line Gallery’s space, the undertaking features oodles of alt-galleries with which to whet one’s whistle.

Some of the galleries and artists selected for the project leave the viewer wanting more, but the strongest show in West Hollywood’s PDC is easily found in The Best of Loop: Remote Viewing, curated by writer and video art scholar Paul Young. An elaborate exhibition featuring 39 videos from Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, the show investigates a plethora of contemporary video art methodologies. Culled from multiple trips to the Loop video art fair in Barcelona, Young was originally asked to curate this show for LACMA just before the financial meltdown. But, as has been the case in multiple recent museum exhibitions, the host organization elected to drop the idea for financial reasons.

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Paul Young.

Says Young, author of Art Cinema (Taschen, November 2009): “I didn’t give up. I devoted an entire year towards finding the resources, money, venue and artists to participate. And in this financial climate, that’s pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. I’ve been talking to several museums recently about taking this show and everyone says, “Video? No way… too expensive.” Yet I managed to do it all by myself with VERY little help. If a freelance journalist can do it, anyone should be able to do it. If there are curators out there, or artists, who are frustrated by the paltry shows being presented at museums at the moment, I think they should go out there and put together a show of their own!

This writer concurs. Despite its limited budget, Remote Viewing’s meticulous compendium of videos runs the gamut of work being made in the medium today. Shown in rotation throughout the day, with each work exploring a different concern, themes vary from the body-based to the political to the ridiculous, and Young’s thoughtful and exhaustive research is apparent. In addition to two black box spaces designed by architect Matthew Gilio-Tenan where single channel videos are projected, dozens of monitor and wall works are also included in the show. England’s Wood & Harrison create droll, physical situations that veer close to the conceptual practice of both John Baldessari and Fischli & Weiss, but possess a singular vision that makes their work unique. The Netherland’s Jacco Olivier paints colorful, layered animations depicting the banal on glass, where everyday occurrences, portraits and pastoral scenes distinctively comment on the practice of painting while observing the temporal nature of video. The hilarious is trotted out with the work of Israeli artist Nira Pereg, where dozens of flamingos in an encapsulated environment hear gunshots and “duck”…the choreography of the work couldn’t be better. But the shot-caller of the exhibition is undoubtedly the time-lapse video by Berlin’s Reynold Reynolds.  Plants grow quickly, clocks spin uncontrollably, and a woman’s corporal gesticulations played in reverse are absolutely unsettling. The stunning, nearly 15-minute work finds itself hovering between gorgeous and bewildering, with richness of intent and technological prowess shining throughout.

Most of the work comes from larger studio practices, and much of it is highly polished and often wildly entertaining. Yet at the same time, it’s also very expressive of the times we’re living in, and much of it conveys a distinctly different point of view,” states Young.

Pondering so many different points of view has the potential to be daunting, but Remote Viewing sturdily posits itself as the most inspiring video exhibition in California, if not the US, for 2009[.]

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Screen cap from Secret Life by Reynold Reynolds from the exhibition The Best of Loop: Remote Viewing.

What: The Best of Loop: Remote Viewing, Taking the Pulse of the Next Generation of Video Art from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
When: Part one (open now) through February 4, 2010. Part Two: Nov. 19, 2009 – February 5, 2010.
Where: The Pacific Design Center, galleries B230 & B487 (Blue Bldg) 8687 Melrose Ave (at San Vicente Blvd), West Hollywood, CA 90069-5730

Hours: 11 am – 5 pm daily. By appointment on Saturdays.
For appointments and tours, contact: 323.377.1102

Notice to all die hard Jet Set Saturday fans: There will be no New York post this afternoon due to our attending the Monster Drawing Rally at Eagle Rock tomorrow. For the remainder of the day we’re going to take it easy and replenish our creative juices at Barbrix, the new wine bar in Silverlake. Onward and upward!

This post was contributed by Annie Wharton.

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Jet Set Saturday’s: “The Best of Loop: Remote Viewing” at the Pacific Design Center