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View of “Patrick Staff,” 2012.

Patrick Staff

Monte Vista Projects

View of “Patrick Staff,” 2012.

Since the summer of 2007, Monte Vista Projects has operated as an artist-run cooperative space in Los Angeles’s Highland Park neighborhood. The venue’s commitment to communal programming made it an apt location for London-based artist Patrick Staff to bring together a selection of his collectively produced projects. Though the three works on view in this show, represented in as many videos, involved different participants and sites, the practice of “collective authorship” was central to all. For each piece, Staff had orchestrated a group encounter, which was then recorded on video in a workaday manner typical of performance documentation, save for one fundamental difference: Anyone involved could take a turn behind the lens. Though the individual works engage a range of subjects, the limitations and blind spots of collective action perhaps trumped all else in Staff’s show.

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