The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
24 Second Psycho appropriates the entire Alfred Hitchcock movie "Psycho" and condenses it into twenty-four seconds. Tweaking the concept of artist Douglas Gordons "24 Hour Psycho," where Hitchcocks masterpiece was slowed-down to a crawl, here the process is reversed to accommodate societys increasingly short attention span. Seeing Hitchcocks most lasting contribution to cinema flash before your eyes in a matter of seconds represents our new information age where culture is packaged for easy consumption at a breakneck pace.
In Omegle Picasso I cam chat with anonymous people under the guise of a vintage photograph of Pablo Picasso. This video is an excerpt from a sporadically recorded performance.
The video TV Party features the opening credits of classic television shows created with a collage editing technique, while the audio snippets accentuate each program's individuality. The work embraces the predominant culture of our time and presents a fuzzy criticality. The title of the video is taken from a song by the hardcore punk band Black Flag.
In this video, footage of an injured Woodcock in midtown Manhattan is mixed with dizzying camera movement. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the highly respected metal guitarist for the bands Pantera and Damageplan, was shot in the head on stage by a deranged fan at a Damageplan concert in Ohio in December 2004. The fan, Nathan Gale, 25, had felt personally betrayed when Pantera broke up and blamed Abbott. Gale jumped on stage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio and shot Abbot at least four times. After shooting Abbott, Gale killed three more people and wounded two others before a police officer shot him dead.
Your Friend features a closely cropped shot of the children's toy Teddy Ruxpin, singing a duet with his pal Grubby, about their desire for friendship. The sickeningly sweet content of the video is contrasted with its creepy undertones, commenting on contemporary parental surrogates and dysfunctional social interaction. Or maybe it's an artist's impassioned plea for love and acceptance.
For The Patron, I gave away two hundred and fifty dollars in the form of one dollar bills to those attending openings the night of February 10, 2000, in the lobby of the 529 West 20th Street building in the Chelsea area of New York City. Each dollar was signed by me, creating a dilemma for the recipient. Should they spend their newfound wealth or keep it to remember the occasion? The money was used from a grant that I received from Artists Space Independent Project Grants program.
In Modern Day Caveman, I lived in the Islip Art Museum's Carriage House Space twenty-four hours a day, for nine days. I was dressed in caveman attire and did not shave, shower or talk to museum visitors for the duration of the performance. For food I ordered take-out ribs and drank Budweiser beer. I chain-smoked Marlboro cigarettes and obsessively watched a video of the musician PJ Harvey on the television in my cave. I drew cave paintings of PJ Harvey, the Whitney Museum and Thelma Golden, who was slated to curate the next Whitney Biennial at the time. Modern Day Caveman relates to the basic instincts, sexual desires and everyday living practices that humans continue to exhibit, despite emotional, psychological and physical health problems. I placed contemporary objects such as a television and a VCR in the space where I performed to provide further contemplation on how modern life relates to a more simplistic and primal one.
In I Win!, manipulated and altered found objects are contrasted with the lure of instant success and the odd hilarity that ensues. Utilizing an array of quirky characters, the work revels in the idiosyncratic way in which people celebrate winning.
In Beat Down, a boxing nun puppet that I control punches me continuously in the face. The puppet is self-punishing as well as a representative of the outside world. My reaction to the punches is one of indifference, a numbness related to the repetition of being beaten. The guilt aspect of my Catholic upbringing concerning relationships, sexuality and sin is shown in this video. The sound effects are sampled from Bruce Lee's classic kung-fu movie Enter the Dragon.