Los Angeles

Michele O'Marah, Tim Jackson, and David Jones


In their video Faustus’s Children, 2006, Michele O’Marah and collaborators Tim Jackson and David Jones draw from a variety of sources, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, 1948, Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, 1990, and John Guare’s play Six Degrees of Separation, 1990, to create a tense supernatural thriller. Their primary text, however, is Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel A Secret History, 1992, in which a group of classics students murder one of their pals at an elite New England college.

Like O’Marah’s earlier video Valley Girl, 2002, Faustus’s Children is concerned with the appropriation of familiar stories, so while its screenplay is original, much of its language has been lifted. Faustus’s Children was shot entirely in O’Marah’s Los Angeles studio, and the mostly handmade set, which includes a papier-maˆché forest and the interior of a country cabin, was displayed in the main gallery.

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