San Francisco International Video Festival
The “preconstruction” setting of this video-gallery-to-be turned out to be less manageable than had been anticipated, what with stacks of plywood and Sheetrock waiting in the wings (or, anyhow, the foyer). Nevertheless, Alan Rath’s three new electronic sculptures, Jeanne C. Finley’s pair of slide-cum-video presentations, and George Kuchar’s motel-room environment for his videotape Weather Diary 1 all commanded their discrete spaces bravely. In fact, since the installations together shared a high degree of wreckage and calamity content, the ambient topos of renovation took on an especially ironic charm.
Rath’s materials include video monitors, conduits, computer chips, power supplies, and steel plates, all of which function as they were designed to do. His sculptures are spirited by an unsheathed constructivist glee that is undercut by their malicious imagery. Because the images on the
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