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George Kontos

Renwick Gallery

George Kontos’s The Vision (all works 2010) is an elliptical short film in which, as is typical for the Los Angeles–based artist, meaning is only hinted at and resolution perpetually deferred. The protagonist of the four-minute sequence is a bearded young hipster who pilots a motorbike helmetless, while smoking a cigarette. Taking to an empty stretch of highway—an abandoned bridge project in the artist’s native Greece—our hero is portrayed from various flattering angles as he zips along, popping the occasional wheelie. Eventually, he dismounts and strolls to the edge of the road. From this vantage point, he observes—unlikely as it seems—a busy sports stadium, wherein figures bearing large flags run laps while a watching crowd is lit up by flares. Remounting, the rider heads off-road and into the sunset. The film’s final shot is of a weather-beaten billboard that seems to bear his image.

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