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February 25 to April 8, 2017 | In Gallery 2
Portfolio A / Atheists Need Theology, Too / Semen
is the Piss of Dreams / Drawings
Reception: Saturday, February 25, 5 to 8 PM
Atheists Need Theology, Too, (still), 2016, HD video, 11
subconscious has melted away and seems to have been replaced by
the muted, jangled chorus of my microbiome. I'm not sure if this
condition is rare or widespread. I expect it is widespread and that
our microbiomes are battling with our subconsciouses for supremacy.
There is no battle in me, though. My subconscious is gone. Human
Events is a series of works reflecting on this condition. It proceeds
through a chain of associations. "Atheists Need Theology, Too,"
the first of seven videos, begins with a poem by Emily Dickinson,
"To fill a Gap / Insert the Thing that caused it — ."
All of Human Events, then, could be read as a gloss on the poem.
Or, one could choose — or be compelled by their dwindling
subconsciouses and roiling microbiomes to choose — any other
link in this chain of associations and use that as the starting
point. -- Steve Reinke
For his first show at Western Exhibitions, Chicago-based artist
Steven Reinke will present Portfolio A, ten prints he made
with Stan Shellabarger at Spudnik Press; two high-definition videos
from his ongoing series Human Events, and a suite of drawings
related to the first video, Atheists Need Theology, Too.
Memories, fantasy and the desiring body have been central themes
in the work of Steve Reinke since the 1980s. His videos typically
take a diaristic or collage format, melding archival sources with
a seemingly autobiographical narrative. Reinke is perhaps best known
for The Hundred Videos, completed between 1989 and 1996;
its underlying theme confronts the authority of filmmaking and the
construction of the documentary genre. The Toronto International
Film Festival named it one of the 150 essential works in Canadian
cinematic history. Reinke’s work is in the collection of the
Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), MACBA (Barcelona)
and the National Gallery of Canada. His films have screened festivals
including Sundance, Oberhausen and the New York Video Festival and
his work has been exhibited at the 2015 Istanbul Bienali, Art Gallery
of Ontario, ICA London, Wexner Center in Columbus, OH, DePaul Art
Museum and a solo show at Isabella Bortollozzi in Berlin, among
several others. In 2006, he received the Bell Canada Award in Video
Art. In 2014, he was included in the Whitney Biennial in collaboration
with Jessie Mott. Steve Reinke (born 1963) lives and works in Chicago
and is a professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.