An exhibition in video format featuring works by Lex Brown, Xavier Cha, and Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir.
“Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism” is a 1976 essay by Rosalind Krauss that articulates what Krauss perceived to be the narcissism inherent to video as a medium. Channeling the aesthetic of direct confessionals common across reality television and YouTube video journals, the artists featured in this program speak directly to the camera.
Lip Gloss Alurt (2017) is Lex Brown’s (b. 1989, Oakland, CA) account of a 27-year-old woman who is reported to have lost her mouth after staring too long at herself in her phone. In the work, the woman states she was “afraid of transforming into a reflection of the world, but could not resist its fearful pull.”
Xavier Cha (b. Los Angeles, CA) presents her work abduct (2015), in which actors move through conflicting emotions in ambiguous sterile surroundings, each on betraying the other as if the sensations are foreign agents battling for dominance over the subject’s face. abduct explores how uncomfortable and unruly the physical expression of emotions feels on our faces after the seamlessness of our highly edited and filtered digital lives.
Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir (b. 1982, Reykjavik, Iceland) shows it is all my fault (2013), a video in the style of a YouTube confessional or video journal entry, in which she apologies profusely for “all the unhappiness, for the pain, for the fear… for the loneliness” in the world – admitting that it is all her fault, in a way that suggests a repentant deity or a remorseful child.
Image: Xavier Cha, Abduct, 2015 (still). Courtesy of the artist