The Kitchen is pleased to present a new video installation by New York based artist Glen Fogel, entitled Quarry. In this work, Fogel intercuts a short except of a scene from the primetime television program “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” with his own shot-for-shot, altered reenactments.
Through strategic editing and manipulation, Fogel transforms the original narrative situation into a broader exploration of pleasure, shame, sexuality, and violence.
Quarry takes its title from the original “Law and Order” episode, in which a convicted pedophile is asked to identify numerous baseball caps, each presumably belonging to a boy that he has molested. Placing himself in the role of the criminal, Fogel uses rapid edits to alternate between the original sequence and his reenactment, in which the character handles each cap and recites a name while a detective watches on in silence. Fogel’s montage creates stuttering yet hypnotic rhythms of image and sound, opening up the charged storyline of the source material to challenge conventional notions and comment on larger sociopolitical tensions in contemporary American society and popular culture.
Glen Fogel was born in 1977 in Denver, Colorado. He studied film and cultural studies at McGill University in Montreal before moving in 1998 to New York. Fogel’s recent solo exhibitions include his 2006 exhibition Interference at Mass Gallery, Austin, Texas; a 2005 exhibition at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY; a 2005 exhibition at the Millennium Film Workshop, New York; and his 2004 exhibition Release System at Galeria Andre Viana in Porto, Portugal. Fogel’s work also has been included in numerous exhibitions including the 2002 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Log Cabin Show at Artists Space, NY; Ocularis at 10 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hybrids at Millenium Film Workshop, New York; and the 2002 Toronto Film Festival, among others. A frequent collaborator, Fogel created the large-scale video projection for choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin’s most recent work, Survival Cycle, which premiered at Dance Theatre Workshop in November 2006, and he directed the 2005 music video for Antony and the Johnsons’ song Hope There’s Someone. Fogel was the 2006 grant recipient of Creative Capital’s MAP Production Fund