Sylvie Blocher, Living Pictures / Men in Gold, 2007
Sylvie Blocher, Living Pictures / Men in Gold, 2007; two-channel video installation, color, with sound, 25:40 min., dimensions variable; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Sylvie Blocher / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP
Sylvie Blocher, Living Pictures / Men in Gold, 2007

Overview

Sylvie Blocher listens to the desires, dreams, anxieties, and stories of individuals who volunteer to be filmed, then compiles footage of the sessions into nuanced group portraits.

The subjects of her series live in the same region or work in similar professions. Men in Gold, commissioned by SFMOMA and filmed in San Francisco, centers on several people who have realized the American dream of business success. The majority of them work as executives, venture capitalists, or designers.

The Bay Area is one of the few places in the world that represents, in both tangible and symbolic ways, the opportunity to achieve one's creative and financial ambitions. Blocher is fascinated by how these people articulate their relationship to desire and success.

Blocher's videos reveal the humanness of these "living picture" as the subjects visibly fluctuate between controlled performance and momentary abandonment. Within the basic framework of the studio setting, Blocher establishes a multilayered dialogue between the individual and the group, between "I" and "us."

This artwork was featured in New Work: Sylvie Blocher. Learn more about SFMOMA's New Work series.

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Living Pictures / Men in Gold
Artist name
Sylvie Blocher
Date created
2007
Classification
video installation
Medium
two-channel video installation, color, with sound, 25:40 min.
Dimensions
dimensions variable
Date acquired
2007
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
Copyright
© Sylvie Blocher / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2007.96.A-B
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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