The artist’s first exhibition since his 2003 Whitney Museum of American Art retrospective and his first film work since 1969, PhotoFlicks (iMovies) and PhotoFictions (A to Z) allow visitors to select and view 60 short films and 4,432 still images on individual computer monitors. Thirty-five Apple work stations, each of which replicate the computer in the artistâ€™s studio, set-up the way the artist has it in his studio, will be on exhibit so multiple visitors can view the work simultaneously.
While Samaras is widely known for creating sculpture, drawings, paintings, photographs and using diverse mediums including beads, chicken wire, clay, Cor-ten steel, fabric, pastel, pencil, pins, plaster, and oil, his pioneering photography work has been a constant influence to himself and others for several decades. Likewise, Samarasâ€™s one-time foray into film, in1969, when he made Self, a 23 minute 16 mm film with Kim Levin, which premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in New York that summer, is perhaps one of the most defining and telling works of that era.
The origins of PhotoFlicks (iMovies) and PhotoFictions (A to Z) can also be traced back to the late 1950s and early 1960s when Samaras studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory and later participated in various Happenings with Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, and Claes Oldenburg among others.
The exhibition will also be on view in New York from April 8 through April 30, 2005 at Pace/MacGill Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, 9th floor.