American video artist Michael Robinson makes the familiar strange, while riding fine lines between humor and terror, nostalgia and contempt, ecstasy and hysteria.
Robinson’s 2013 collage video, The Dark, Krystle, parses the 1980s TV soap-opera Dynasty. It will screen in the auditorium during Yvonne Todd: Creamy Psychology.
Robinson collects and reedits clips of the female protagonists Krystle and Alexis Carrington, drawing attention to their signature gestures, which persist despite perpetual costume and hairdo changes. As the press release explains: ‘The Dark, Krystle brilliantly re-purposes the artificiality of stock gesture, allowing viewers to see its hollowness and to feel it recharging with new emotional power. Equal parts archival fashion show and feminist morality play, Robinson's montage rekindles the unfinished business of identity, consumption, and excess in 1980s pop culture.’
We will also show Robinson’s 2011 video, Line Describing Your Mom. In this ‘choreography of devotion’, Robinson sets altered footage of amateur liturgical choreography to the sounds of a woman’s YouTube confessional. The title is a cheeky nod to Anthony McCall’s canonical 1974 ‘solid-light’ film, Line Describing a Cone.