In East Coast, West Coast, earthwork artists and real-life couple Holt and Smithson play-act as cliché East and West Coast artists. Holt argues for pragmatic, systematic Conceptual art, and Smithson can't be bothered with anything that upsets his groove. Reece Camp Carter's video composition, Man With a Gun, Railroad, and Food for Working considers local hunting and animal handling as it investigates a West Coast dynamic: one that prides itself on natural beauty and agricultural bounty, but one that has deeply embraced urban individualism and suburban sprawl. Gas Station, one of director Morris's seldom-screened films, challenges the notion of visual perception in a silent double projection. Morris's examination of a Southern California gas station with both wide-angle and telephoto lenses illuminates the idea of space as experienced by both the human eye and the camera. Preceded by the full Bucky series.
California Highs, California Lows Program 2
Related Exhibition The View from Here
Thursday, June 03, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Bucky (episodes 1 through 6), Paul Clipson and Adam Heavenrich, 1996 - 98, 2 min. each, 8mm
East Coast, West Coast, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, 1969, 22 min., digital video
Man With a Gun, Railroad, and Food for Working, Reece Camp Carter, 2010, 12 min., video
Gas Station, Robert Morris, 1969, 33 min., 16mm