Josh Azzarella Screenings
The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is pleased to present a semester-long video screening series featuring works by Josh Azzarella.
Screenings occur every Thursday (4-7pm) and Saturday (1pm and 3pm), and by appointment in the Barrick Museum Auditorium. The 16 week series is divided into four programs detailed below. To make an appointment to view the programs outside of the regular screening schedule hours, contact us at 702-895-3381 or [email protected].
Josh Azzarella Program 1
(January 28 - February 22, 2017)
Subjecting three fragments of violent historical footage to an intense process of manipulation and slowing, video artist Josh Azzarella proposes questions about our primary relationship with the concrete reality that filmmakers record.
Untitled #3 (B.B.), 2004
Untitled #4 (224-410), 2004
Untitled #36 (Loan), 2007
Josh Azzarella Program 2
(February 23 - March 22, 2017)
Azzarella skillfully edits the filmed context of two historic disasters to remove key features of the original image. “Once the narrative is removed or altered, there is a contemplative place exposed,” he says. “The energy left behind by the event becomes more palpable and can be more strongly felt.”
Untitled #41 (Watson), 2007
Untitled #42 (Leavelle), 2007
Untitled #44 (Nightwatch), 2007
Josh Azzarella Program 3
(March 23 - April 19, 2017)
“I do think we’re all working out of Barthes’ question about the punctum of an image, and what gives an image its power,” says Azzarella. In this program he removes the characters from a pair of famous narratives, Michael Jackson's Thriller and F.W. Murnau's 1922 film Nosferatu, rebuilding the vacant space left by his extractions pixel by pixel until the zone of performance is left open for our contemplation.
Untitled #100 (Fantasia), 2007-2009
Untitled #160 (Balcombe), 2011-2013
Josh Azzarella Program 4
(April 20 - May 13, 2017)
Azzarella refashions the pace and timing of two iconic films, The Wizard of Oz and North by Northwest, until they become a territory where “that moment just before an event occurs" can be considered.
Untitled #141 (The Sun is The Same...), 2012
Untitled #142 (Bob Coe from Wasco), 2013
Josh Azzarella (b. 1978, Ohio) creates videos and photographs that explore the power of context in the authorship of memory, oftentimes utilizing seminal moments in pop culture and news media to create accessible confrontations with historiography. By illuminating the individual encounter with communal experiences, Azzarella evaluates the perception of realness – which can ultimately be rooted in both the fantastic as much as the pragmatic.
Azzarella was the recipient of the 2006 Emerging Artist Award and related solo exhibition from The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT). He has previously shown at the California Museum of Photography (CA), University Art Museum, Long Beach (CA), Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada), Kavi Gupta Gallery (IL), Academie der Kunste (Berlin), Sean Kelly Gallery (NY), Catharine Clark Gallery (CA), Mississippi State University (MS), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA) and DCKT Gallery (NY). His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PA), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX), the San Diego Museum of Modern Art (CA), the Margulies Collection (FL), Western Bridge (WA) and JP Morgan Chase (NY). He lives and works in Easton, PA.
Top image: Untitled #142 (Bob Coe from Wasco), courtesy the artist