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The Black & White Show


  • Collective Hardware 169 Bowery New York, NY USA (map)

AKTIONSART is pleased to announce the presentation of videos by Jesse Reding Fleming and Rainer Judd in The Black & White Show, an exhibition at Collective Hardware (169 Bowery at Delancey) curated by Meghan Carleton and Amandine Lesaffre Freidheim. Void of color, the exhibition explores the graphic clarity and dynamics of black-and-white art by emerging to blue-chip artists.

Methods of Invisibility: Shades of Gray (2001-2009), by Fleming, follows his journey across the United States wearing a grey uniform in an unmarked police car. Judd’s film, Instant End (1988), shows a young woman exploring black ink in stark contrast to the montage of a speeding city. As the city speeds up, she covers her body in black and finally disappears.


Jesse Reding Fleming, “Methods of Invisibility: Shades of Gray”, 2001-09, 4:47, DVD

Artist’s text: “In 2001 I was preparing to cross the United States and wanted to do so invisibly. It occurred to me I could create a conspicuous spectacle no one could make exact sense of. I bought an unmarked black and white police car, two gray uniforms of different shades, and a video camera that I mounted to the passenger window. By exploiting the signifiers of authority, I became criminal and cop at once. Without clear identification, I could suspend judgment long enough to move forward freely in time.”

Jesse Reding Fleming (b. 1977 Berkeley, California) is an artist based in Los Angeles. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001 with a BFA from the Department of New Genres. He works with a variety of media, notably video and installation, which he uses to explore and invert the identity of the individual amongst the collective. Mr. Fleming has exhibited in group shows nationally and internationally, been awarded several residencies including the Riverside Art Museum, directed films for The Museum of Modern Art, and exhibited recent solo shows at the Fireplace Project in East Hampton, New York, and The Company in Los Angeles.


Rainer Judd, “Instant End”, 1988, 3:39, 16mm transferred to DVD

Instant End was inspired by the avant-garde Soviet cinema of Dziga Vertov, who was a pioneer in developing the expressive potential of the medium of film. A young woman explores black ink in stark contrast to the montage of a speeding city. As the pace of the city races forward, she covers her body in black and finally disappears.

Rainer Judd (New York/Texas) graduated from NYU Film with her thesis film Plague Circuit winning the Texas Award at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas. AKTIONSART recently presented the New York premier of her short film, “Remember Back, Remember When” at the Core Club. In addition to making short films and music videos, Ms. Judd has worked in film production with Gus Van Sant and Francis Coppola. Her acting credits include films directed by Janusz Kaminski, Michael Rhymer, Peter Chelsom, and Robert Downey Sr.

Additional featured artists include: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Evan Gruzis, Barbara Kruger, Ryan McGuiness, Vik Muniz, Irving Penn, Will Ryman, Frank Stella, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.


Produced by Aktionsart, in partnership with Collective Hardware.
Film Program curated by Julia Fryett.


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