Space Oddity (22 March - 28 April, 2007)
· CV & Bibliography
· Selected Works
· Review by Saul Ostrow from Art in America
Venetia Kapernekas Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in New York of work by Margo Victor entitled Space Oddity.
Victor works in a wide range of media including 16 and 35 mm film as well as painting, photography and drawing. Victor’s minimal and non-conclusion oriented work in film celebrates the alternative, with regard to the positions of power that women must create within society.
The methods by which she approaches the challenges of the medium requires both invention and the discovery of alternative means of production in order to realize elaborate sound and visual effects. As the images in her short experimental films reveal, Victor's methodology is steeped in old school studio animated special effects, making the artist a technician and participant, rather than a "fan" of the retro film making apparatus. The results of this approach are often both austere and inviting, slick and rough, purely graphical and abstract or entirely live action. Victor’s sparse and formal imagery, which always excludes dialogue, promotes the viewer to experience the moving image in a way that can utilize a linguistic application for the discovery of meaning; not reality but meaning as manifestations or articulation of the conflict of existence.
This exhibition presents the Los Angeles based artist’s first one-person exhibition and debut of new work in 16mm film and new large-scale paintings. Victor will include the film Margo Victor 2000, an interpretation of the signifiers for the Hollywood sci-fi genre in conjunction with paintings that are obliquely sci-fi in their own focused, cool, and mechanized way.
Margo Victor lives and works in Los Angeles, California and received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Happy Lion in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California; Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles; Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York. Victor’s curatorial projects include Margo Victor Presents, an alternative exhibition space in Los Angeles for artists, and In 2006 Victor was invited to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Art & Tech program to complete her film The Rotten Riotous West, 2006 which will debut in Europe at Open Space, Cologne, 2007 this April.