Ken Fandell

Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery

On the Lawn at Graduation 2001, a seven-minute looped video of a woman’s high-heel-shod foot swinging aimlessly to and fro, assumes added interest when accompanied by the martial rat-a-tat-tat rhythms of Gustav Holst’s “Mars: The Bringer of War,” the opening section of his suite The Planets (1918). In his recent exhibition, Chicago-based artist Ken Fandell set seven short, silent, single-shot videos to this modernist orchestral gem, variously adjusting and editing each one into evocative intersection with its seven sections. If we could free the term of its vernacular cultural baggage, Fandell’s series “The Planets,” 2001–2005, might best be described as a suite of music videos, intriguing and generous comminglings of aural and visual stimuli that invite us to drift back and forth between sound and vision.

There’s something potentially banal about the subjects of Fandell’s videos—the

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