May 13 - July 10, 2011

The Vault (May-July 2011)

Gili Avissar, Matt Barton (Colorado Springs, CO), Rajorshi Ghosh (Toledo, OH), Ben Hagari, J. Louise Makary (Philadelphia, PA), Sarah Paul (Cleveland, OH), Gilad Ratman, Elham Rokni, Nathaniel Whitcomb (Detroit, MI)

The Vault (May-July 2011)
Crossing the Dune

Crossing the Dune  Elham Rokni | 2010 | video |


Narcissusissy  Eric Rippert | 2007 | video |

PARISS (Paloma and Raúl in San Serriffe)  J. Makary | 2010 | 16mm transfer to digital video |

Invert  Ben Hagari | 2010 | video |

Ganges #1  Ghosh | 2008 | video |

My Piano  Gili Avissar | 2009 | video |

"Contain" by Holy Spirits  Nathaniel Whitcomb | 2011 | video |

Che Che the Gorgeous

Che Che the Gorgeous  Gilad Ratman | 2005 | video | courtesy of the artist

The Vault functions as a media flat file—a converted walk-in safe where audiences can experience a variety of video and audio art. Work will be added to the The Vault on a rolling basis, remain on view for approximately six months and then rotate out. Viewers have the remote control in their hands to select the work they would like to view.

Check this page frequently for newly added artists and videos.

Currently in The Vault:

Gili Avissar
Circus, 2008
Although he considers himself a painter, Avissar's work for the past two years his work has been based on animation, installation, and video. The animation and video works emerge from his desire to perform and to document life.

Gili Avissar
My Piano, 2009
See above.

Gili Avissar
Night Ride, 2008
See above.

Matthew Barton
Crossroads, 2005
In a brief tale that is both comic and tragic, a young man finds roadkill and buries it.

Matthew Barton
Spring 2010 (All Good), 2010
A day in the life of a mountain dweller near Colorado Springs (and therefore NORAD).

Matthew Barton and Anna Bojic
Perpetual Impermanence, 2010
A lo-fi, psychedelic through-the-looking-glass adventure involving a dance party with a raccoon.

Ganges #1, 2008
The Ganges is a place of death and life. Hindus from all over the world bring their dead to the river as a final resting place. Cremation anywhere along the Ganges is desirable, as it is believed to liberate the soul from the material cycle of suffering.

Ganges #3, 2008
See above.

Ganges #5, 2008
See above.

Ben Hagari
Invert, 2010
In this piece by Israeli artist, Ben Hagari, duality is explored-mirrors, color inversion, inverted speech, closed eyes are "open," etc. Even backgrounds and characters are painted their opposite color, so "natural" color is restored through inversion.

J. Makary
PARISS (Paloma and Raúl in San Serriffe), 2010
This piece is a meditation on history, intrigue, experimental narrative and the biggest typography-based hoax in history. The result of a year-long residency at Landmarks, this work was filmed on-site in the 1765 Powel House Museum.

J. Makary
Wanna Kiss Myself, 2008
A dance idea that picks up debris--bits of video art, cinematic camera moves, jokes, self-seriousness, a visual talisman or two, and lots of blinking. A dozen Philadelphia-based performers inhabit a colorful enclosed world.

Sarah Paul
A Misappropriation of "Singin' In The Rain", 2006
In this excerpt from the movie musical "Singin' In The Rain", all of the sound is replaced by Paul's own dialogue and music. Paul is interested in the complex relationship between the screen diva and her veiled voice.

Sarah Paul
Pony Love, 2006
This is a study in the human/pony interface...a first date. Paul presents this love as passionate and powerful as that of any conventional human/human love to demonstrate the absurdity of prejudice based on gender or sexual preference.

Sarah Paul
Little Miss Cleveland Sparkles Around, 2010
This was a New Year's Eve present for Cleveland.

Eric Rippert
Chubby Boy, 2004
Rippert plays with a video art trope: the loop. Loops repeat the same video over and over for easy gallery viewing. Rippert's loops are ridiculously short, and therefore make the actions seem infinite and linear rather than merely cyclical and repetetive.

Eric Rippert
Dancing Bird, 2004
See above.

Eric Rippert
Narcissusissy, 2007
Narcissusissy depicts two twins lost in a near-kiss. More than just a love of a reflection (a fiction and illusion), this portrays a love of the same (a real similar person and the same sex).

Elham Rokni
Crossing the Dune, 2010
By Elham Rokni. A man slowly crosses a dune on his bicycle as we moves platforms ahead of him to allow him traction in the slippery sand.

Elham Rokni
Spaghettidog, 2006
The artist stated, "This work started as a parody on amateur porno movies, and only after the shooting, while editing, the primal intention changed into a more existential state of mind so during the work itself, everything was very humoristic and fun."

Nathaniel Whitcomb
"Contain" by Holy Spirits, 2011
This piece is from a series of motion collages created for the band, Holy Spirits. It was hand cut out, scanned & digitally assembled from a pile of 40 year old National Geographic magazines.

Nathaniel Whitcomb
"Tongues" by Holy Spirits, 2010
See above.

Nathaniel Whitcomb
"White Walls" by Holy Spirits, 2011
See above.

About the Artists

Gili Avissar

Gili Avissar, a multi-disciplinary artist, was born in Haifa, 1980. He lives and works in Tel Aviv. Avissar has earned a B.F.A and M.F.A from the Bezalel Academy. He currently teaches at Hamidrasha School of Art. He has exhibited widely, across Israel and abroad.In addition to his work in video,... go to artist page

Matt Barton

Matt Barton received his BFA from Montana State University; Bozeman, MT in 2001 and his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2006. He has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and as adjunct faculty at the Maine College of Art and... go to artist page

Rajorshi Ghosh

Ghosh has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. His recent videos and installations have been shown at the final screening of the World One Minute Video Art Festival in Belgium and at the international juried Freewaves Festival of New Media Arts in Los Angeles. In 2007 Ghosh received the prestigious... go to artist page

Ben Hagari

Ben Hagari was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1981. During his MFA studies at Columbia University, Hagari worked on a short film: a tragic comedy about a man who is covered with vegetables and lives in a hothouse. He has exhibited his works in Israel and abroad. Exhibitions include:... go to artist page

J. Louise Makary

J. Louise Makary's first film debuted at the American Dance Festival in 2006. Since then, she has developed projects influenced by video art, classic and experimental cinema, and contemporary dance. From 2008 to 2010, she was artist-in-residence at the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks through their Contemporary Projects... go to artist page

Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul is a musical artist and a professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has been writing and performing experimental music since 1989. go to artist page

Gilad Ratman

Ratman graduated from Colombia University's MFA program in 2009 and from the Bezalel BFA program in 2001, during which he was resident at the SVA, NY (2000). Solo shows include "Deep Sinking" at Haifa Museum of Art (2009) and "Che Che The Gorgeous" at Ferenbalm-Gurbrü. go to artist page

Elham Rokni

Elham Rokni was born in Iran in 1980 and immigrated to Israel at the age of 9. She now lives and work in Tel Aviv. In 2007 she graduated with honors the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, in the Fine Arts Department, and in 2010 she completed... go to artist page

Nathaniel Whitcomb

I create because I love—to dream, to think, to smile, to drift. I love finding and facilitating moments where I can do so. For me, the creative process is a pathway leading to unforeseen spaces, each one a new wonder. These are sacred, generous places and often grant insight into... go to artist page

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