Visual Arts Program

Saturday, March 3, 2007 — Saturday, April 7, 2007

Bob Paris


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Bob Paris - <em>Disturbance</em>
Bob Paris - <em>Disturbance</em>
Bob Paris - <em>Disturbance</em>

"A thick stew of anger, sadness, and eerie juxtapositions ... His work shows that America never fully healed; we just changed the channel."
  — Pete Humes, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 02/24/06

"…an allegory of the cave for our age because it manages to gnaw into the apparatus at the very nexus of our perceptions. And Paris is right, that the heat and weight of our critical muscle should be flexed against the lurid flabbiness and easy sensationalism that seems to go into the marketing and packaging of news."
  — Steve Rockwell, Dart magazine, 2006

Disturbance is an exhibition of separate, yet interrelated, video installations that examine media spectacle and social history.
Disturbance resurrects scenes from the television coverage of the 1992 LA riots in an installation that explores the link between social disaster and television product. Recorded haphazardly by the artist at the time of original broadcast and rediscovered only years later, the images have been distorted and transformed through analog synthesizers and rendered into black and white (reminiscent of early television). Once-familiar images from our conflicted history, they have—through the short course of time—been made distant and alien, as though a stark and tragic transmission viewed from a far-off planet.

As Paris describes the unsettling effect of the imagery, "The answer has something to do with how we live in America, how we stand removed from our own history, blind to wounds that we wish not to see, and how central a role television plays in this process."

All of the images in the exhibition—mob beatings, presidential speech, car commercials—aired during the time of the LA riots: April 30 to May 2, 1992.

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March, 2007 - 2007