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Projection event of YARN artists and lecture set for opening on September 12

Film Showopens at Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery on August 26 and will run through October 6. In this exhibition artists Jesse Amado, Rick Danielson, Guillermo Gòmez-Peña, Ethan Jackson (Reed assistant professor of art), Les LeVeque, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Yasumasa Morimura, Stephanie Snyder ’91, and Ryan Stone (see bios below) offer critical perspectives for understanding film’s voracious influence on our everyday lives, dreams, and fantasies.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 12, at 5 p.m. in the Cooley Gallery. In conjunction with the reception, Ed Morris, one of the founding members of YARN, a new visual and sound label, will discuss the group's work on Thursday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Vollum lecture hall, illuminated by a slide show of works by YARN artists and musicians. YARN artists Kit Clayton, Howard Goldkrand (SoundLab), Anna Hepler, Annie Murdock, and Hitoshi Toyoda use montage, collage, and sound tracks to generate narrative by sequencing discrete images in a way that contrasts with the fluidity and linear development of film.

The Cooley Gallery is open every day except Monday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is in Reed's library. Parking is available nearby, and the #19 bus stops on Woodstock at the campus entrance near the library. For more information, please call 503/777-7790.

In increasing numbers, artists are becoming innovative filmmakers and videographers, and an increasingly identifiable group are producing artworks that embrace and examine film's influence on global culture and individual consciousness. Many artists are creating work in direct response to specific films that engulf their attention, spawning new intellectual and visual concepts. Each of the artists in this exhibition examines film through subjective strategies and ideologies; their works attest to the power of cinema to embody cultural experience and to provide us with an ever-shifting template for the projection of our most private selves. Film Show is curated by Rupert Jenkins, director of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, assisted by artist and essayist Stephanie Snyder ’91.


Jesse Amado, who lives in San Antonio, was one of the first artists in residence at Art Pace (1995) and was a resident at the City Gallery of Kwangju in South Korea, where he participated in the 1997 biennial. He has exhibited his work at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio; and Linc Real Art, San Francisco; among many others. Amado’s work is loaned to the exhibition courtesy of Linc Real Art and Finesilver Gallery.

Rick Danielson is a sculptor, video maker, and performance artist who lives in San Francisco and holds an M.F.A. degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts. His works have been shown at Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, and in the 2001 GenArts Emerge exhibition, also in San Francisco.



Guillermo Gómez-Peña was born in Mexico and arrived in the U.S. in 1978. He is now based in San Francisco. A performance artist, video maker, and cultural critic, he is the recipient of many significant awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, and has participated in numerous exhibitions including the Sydney Biennial (1992) and the Whitney Biennial (1993).

Ethan Jackson, assistant professor of art at Reed, has served three appointments as an instructor and artist in residence at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado. His exhibitions include shows at the Cornell DeWitt Gallery, New York City; Joseph Raj Gallery, Austin, Texas; and the Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont. Panavisions is exhibited courtesy of the artist and the Cornell DeWitt Gallery.

Les LeVeque has produced a number of videos and video installations exploring the cultural implications of technological change. Recently LeVeque, who lives in New York City, has been making short videos and video installations that transform Hollywood movies into visual psychedelia, including 2 Spellbound (1999), Backwards Birth of a Nation (2000), and 4 Vertigo (2000).

The photography of Annu Palakunnathu Matthew has been exhibited at venues that include the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, England) and the Houston Center for Photography. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and the Polaroid Collection, among others. She is assistant professor of art at the University of Rhode Island.

Yasumasa Morimura, who lives and works in Osaka, has held one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1992); the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jouyen-Josas, France (1993); and the Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan (1996). His photographs are loaned to the exhibition courtesy of the collection of Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton, Santa Monica.

Stephanie Snyder ’91 (artist, catalog essayist) is a San Francisco-based artist who works in mixed media, painting, and video. Her most recent solo exhibition, Anne, was presented at the Vortex Gallery, San Francisco, in January 2000. She worked closely with Rupert Jenkins to develop Film Show and was the curator and an exhibiting artist in Performing Judaism, shown at the Cooley Gallery at Reed in January—March 2002.

Ryan Stone lives in the Bay Area, where he occasionally exhibits his work. He was committed to a home for the treatment of obsessive disorders in 2000 and has since pursued his arts practice as a form of therapeutic healing. He has worked in the arts as a volunteer at Bondanga Gallery, San Francisco. His artwork has been exhibited under assumed names at numerous other institutions.

Rupert Jenkins (curator) has directed the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery since 1995 and has been active in the Bay Area as an arts administrator and curator since 1982. He has served as associate director of SF Camerawork and director of the Eye Photography Gallery, San Francisco. His curatorial projects include Disputed Identities (1989, SF Camerawork), Murder as Phenomena (1993, SF Camerawork), Nagasaki Journey: the Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata (1995, exhibition consultant and book editor), and Facing Fear (1999, SFAC Gallery).


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