With ironic wit, Tony Labat's provocative narrative collages confront cultural identity, loss and displacement. Labat represents difference and marginalization from the position of the "outsider," and deconstructs the codes by which the mass media reinforces cultural mythologies. Born in Cuba, he creates pastiches of performance and appropriated imagery that critique media representations of Latin culture.
Working primarily in film, video, and performance, Andrew Lampert pursues the alchemy between artist, art, and audience in a public space, especially that of cinema. A trained film archivist, Lampert combines a Duchampian attention to the gap between an artwork's private intent and public reception with an appreciation for the contingency of film as a medium, bringing unscripted and chance elements into cinema's veneer of control. Reveling in cinema as a performative environment, Lampert reclaims this space from a mass media culture to emphasize its potential for immediacy and accident.
In a multidisciplinary practice that includes videos, performances and music, Kalup Linzy creates satirical narratives inspired by television soap operas, telenovelas and Hollywood melodramas. Taking an irreverent approach to stereotypes of race, gender and sexuality, Linzy performs, most often in drag, in a series of memorable recurring roles. The artist serves as writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and actor—and, in a distinctive strategy, also voices and overdubs the dialogue of multiple characters. At once comic, raunchy and poignant, Linzy's unique narrative videos fuse theatrical intensity with melodramatic irony.
Through an intimate and elegant use of the medium, Joan Logue's work defines the art of video portraiture. Capturing the essence of subjects that range from avant-garde artists to New England fishermen, her video portraits are minimalist dramas — precisely composed, richly nuanced, and highly expressive of the character of the "sitter."
London Video Access (LVA), later renamed London Electronic Arts, merged with The London Film Makers' Co-op in January, 1999, to form The Lux Centre. The Lux is a leading media center in Britain, dedicated to facilitating the production, exhibition and distribution of film, video and digital arts.
Merging social observation with satirical humor, Chip Lord's work focuses on American myths and icons, from the cult of the automobile to baseball, advertising, suburbia and television. Lord, a founding member of the San Francisco-based multi-media collective Ant Farm, examines how our collective identity and everyday life are defined by a consumer-based, media-driven culture.
Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus began collaborating as LoVid in 2000. An alchemy of independent interests in technology has defined LoVid's aesthetic, combining craft-oriented analog processes and playful engineering with natural and social science. LoVid's live performances, participatory public art works, immersive installations, and video and textile projects express the radiant noise of an electrified but human world.
Kristin Lucas is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist working in video, installation, live, networked, and hybrid media art forms. In works that gain their currency within the context of public and private systems, Lucas responds to the uncanny overlaps of virtual and lived realities, and to the fast-changing mediascape that reconfigures perception and identity. Lucas critically engages with the tools she investigates, re-imagining and re-contextualizing their use in a way that looks to technology to provide new platforms for social and community engagement.
Exploring light and landscape as agents of visual perception and memory, Mary Lucier examines 19th-century art historical and literary traditions through the lens of technology. In elegant "pictorial-narrative" works, she investigates the American pastoral myth in "an ironic dialogue between past and present, mundane and poetic, real and ideal." Lucier's metaphoric use of light evokes transcendence and the sublime.