MILWAUKEE, WI.- CUT/Film as Found Object, on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum June 25 September 11, 2005 is a fascinating installation consisting of 14 video works by some of todays most influential artists. CUT explores how contemporary artists use excerpts from pre-existing films and television to create new narratives, different emotional content and new musical scores. Artists featured include Christian Marclay, Pierre Huyghe and Douglas Gordon. The exhibition is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum with the assistance of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami. CUT/Film as Found Object had its world premiere November 13, 2004 January 30, 2005 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and was on display during Art Basel Miami Beach contemporary art fair in December.
The artists in this exhibition are creating some of todays most innovative work in the fields of film and video, said Milwaukee Art Museum curator Margaret Andera. We are pleased to present this ground-breaking work in Milwaukee.
The Exhibition - In this intriguing exhibition, artists manipulate the most familiar of media, the moving picture, film and television, restructuring reality to make the familiar unfamiliar and providing the viewer the opportunity to comprehend a new reality. The emphasis is not on the use of found footage itself, but on its manipulation to create a new work.
The 14 works in the exhibition, each housed in an independent theatre or viewing room, explore a wide range of variations and methodologies. Indebted to the appropriation strategies of the 80s and sampling in hip hop and rap music of the 90s, these artists are united by their gestural use of the editing.
The artists in CUT have taken the material of their reality, the movie and the news program, and manipulated it to reveal its power to communicate and shape reality. Whether through looping, repetition, erasure or compression, their active manipulation of their medium recalls the importance that action was given by Richard Serra in 1968, when he published Verb List, a list of actions that a sculptor could use to create sculpture to roll, to crease, to fold, to cut, etc. CUT explores the actions through which artists create video.