A Jackhammer is so REAL

Exhibit Dates: 
Jan 7, 2011 - Mar 3, 2011
Location: 
Moving Media Wall

This projection can be found adjacent to the DuPont I Gallery.

Philadelphia-based artist Edward Carey performs absurd physical acts using ordinary objects as props. The DCCA will present A Jackhammer is so REAL in which Carey turns his own body, including his head, into an alternative sculptural device.

The DCCA’s Moving Media series is devoted to showing recent digital video art. Since the early 20th Century artists such as Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) have been fascinated with the moving image as art form. Although the lines are often blurred between film and video, video art eschews conventional narrative cinema. It emerged as a distinct medium in the 1960s when Nam Jun Paik (1932-2006) began to use the first portable Sony video recorders and Andy Warhol (1928-87) screened underground films shot in 8mm and 16mm formats in his Factory studio. Contemporary artists including the Swiss Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962) and American Sadie Benning (b. 1973) continue to challenge the conventions of video art, experimenting with new digital and conceptual approaches, animation, and installation techniques. Reflecting the DCCA’s commitment to the latest uses of technology in art, Moving Media profiles today’s living artists whose diverse approaches range from the political to the comedic.


-Maiza Hixson,

Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art