Royal Production Company Video Exhibition
September 17 - October 9, 2016
This summer Royal NoneSuch Gallery, with the support of an Alternative Exposure grant, transformed into Royal Production Company (RPC). Four artists/collaboratives were selected to create new video works using the gallery as a site of production during a three week residency:
Bonanza, The Drought
Amber Cady, Worry & The Animals
Carolyn Janssen, Yours Truly, Love, Us
Kate Rhoades, Required Skimming
Bonanza is an artist collaborative comprised of Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully and Lana Williams. Their project, The Drought, is a cli-fi film investigating the effects (real and imagined) of the water crisis. By combining their trademark camp aesthetics with conspiracy theory and climate research, Bonanza's film blurs the line between fact and fiction.
Amber Cady’s video Worry & The Animals centers on our deepest worries and fears––rejection, isolation, dependence––the kinds that keep us up at night or preoccupies our attention during the day. Through interviews, workshops, and activities, participants unpacked the challenges, characters, and themes at the core of their anxiety, ultimately transforming their stories into triumphant narratives that lay fear and shame to rest.
In Carolyn Janssen’s video Yours Truly, Love, Us, Janssen plays mirroring youth group friends performing the ancient ritual of giving and receiving Communion with unsettling ends. Considering issues of intimacy, personal development and consumption, the work unfolds as a self-contained aesthetic system with autobiographical and surreal elements.
During her Royal Production Company Residency, Kate Rhoades continued her video project Required Skimming, a series of video vignettes illustrating art theoretical and historical texts, with new work based on Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism and Sculpture in the Expanded Field both by Rosalind Krauss, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin, The Republic by Plato, and How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom and the Cold War by Serge Guilbaut.