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Tuesday 03.07.06

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Olaf Breuning's "Group" in the Elizabeth Leach Gallery Video Window by MK Guth

Still from Olaf Breuning's 2001 video "Group"

Video Window is a forum for presenting different video works by national, international and regional artists. Each month a new video will be presented in the outside window of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery on opening night (for the First Thursday crowds), after which they will move to a monitor in the gallery for the duration of the month.

Olaf Breuning's not to be missed video, "Group", will be my last selection for video window. "Group" documents the metamorphosis of bearded water drenched surf Vikings into Lord of the Flies Javamen. The characters in the video evolve and de-evolve, combining modern day camping van society with prehistoric antics. Breuning's highly constructed universes employ recognizable cultural cliches but amplifies and explodes them through his bizarre reconstructions and simulations. "Group" has the look of a National Geographic documentary on acid. This is the first time Olaf Breuning's work has ever been exhibited in Portland.

Since this is my last month with Video Window I want to say I have enjoyed having the opportunity to present video works I admire by artists, Alix Pearlstein, David Eckard, Shawna Ferreira, Federico Nessi and Olaf Breuning. For those of you who have tuned in, Thanks! For those who have yet to visit Video Window come on by.

April welcomes Matt McCormick to Video Window. Matt McCormick is a filmmaker who has directed several award winning films and music videos over the past ten years. He is also the founder of Peripheral Produce, an internationally recognized video distribution label specializing in short experimental work, and the director of the Portland Documentary and experimental Film Festival, Portland's premiere event for experimental, documentary, and otherwise obscure contemporary cinema. The PDX Film Festival will be running from April 26 - 30

Window of Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 N.W. 9th Ave • Portland, OR 97204 • Tel: 503 • 224 • 0324

Posted by Guest on March 07, 2006 at 22:31 | Comments (1)


I almost feel disappointed in myself, because I just wasn't interested in "Group." To me it just felt like puerile cable access films. I am sure some will argue that maybe puerility was a part of the whole aesthetic and concept, but I must admit I am not sold. Thank you though MK for bringing in such a widely acclaimed artist. I also must admit, that even though I wasn't overly ecstatic about the piece, it had it's funny/good moments.

Posted by: Calvin Carl [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 8, 2006 01:00 PM

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