The Trouble Between Us: An Exhibition organized by Kenneth Tam

The Trouble Between Us is an exhibition of video work organized by artist Kenneth Tam. The exhibition will be on view from March 19 through April 19, 2014 in the College’s Weingart Gallery.

The artists in The Trouble Between Us use video to put themselves on display.  The video camera provides an opportunity to perform, or to play with the idea of what a performance can be. Some of the videos rely on digital manipulation to insert an artist’s body into surreal, unsettling spaces.  The artists explore the nuances of video as a medim, creating environments for their actions that go beyond traditional sets and backdrops. Audio plays an important role in the work in the exhibition, either with the use of hypnotic, evocative soundtracks or by the absence of sound.  For the artists in this exhibition, video is a space where bodies can inhabit new and strange roles.

The Trouble Between Us is organized by artist Kenneth Tam and includes work by Patty Chang, Josh Mannis, Pat McElnea, Maria Petsching, Kenneth Tam and Kaari Upson. 

About the Artists

Patty Chang (1972, San Leandro, CA) lives and works in Boston, MA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such institutions as the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the New Museum in New York; BAK- basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, NL, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Fri-Art Centre d’Art Contemporain Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Switzerland; Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, England; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Hamburg Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2008 Chang was nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize and in 2009 was named the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow of Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin.

Pat McElnea resides in New York and exhibits his work internationally. He grew up in Southern California, received his BFA from Cooper Union and MFA from Yale School of Art. Painting, short fiction, and criticism also encompass his art practice. He currently teaches video and theory at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Josh Mannis was born in Boston, MA in 1976 and lives and works in Los Angeles. He has participated in exhibitions at Thomas Solomon Gallery, Gavin Brown Enterprises, Venus Over Manhattan, and Anat Ebgi.  He was a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant (2013).

Maria Petschnig is a New York-based artist who works across medias including video, performance and installation. Major exhibitions include On Stellar Rays, New York (2013); IMO, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013); Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2012); Performa 11, New York (2011); Western Exhibitions, Chicago (2011); and MoMA P.S.1, New York (2010). She is the recipient of National Grant 2014 (video & media art) from the Austrian Federal Ministry for the Arts and Culture, Austria

Kenneth Tam (born 1982, NY, NY) is based in Los Angeles working in video and sculpture.  He received his BFA from Cooper Union, and his MFA from the University of Southern California.  He has had recent exhibitions in Night Gallery and Emma Gray HQ (both LA) and Gallery Diet, Miami.  He is a recent recipient of an Art Matters Foundation grant (2013), and a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant (2012).  

Kaari Upson is a Los Angeles based artist.  She has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Overduin and Kite (both LA), Maccarone Gallery in New York, and Carlson Gallery, London.  She has also shown at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, FL, MOCA, Los Angeles, and Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy.  She received her MFA from CalArts.

The Trouble Between Us is supported by the Remsen Bird Fund.