Artists Space's commitment to showing film, slide, and video installations is longstanding but in order to respond to the recent resurgence of these media in the early 1980's Artists Space presented two previous DARK ROOMS exhibitions one in 1983 and another in 1985. Artists in past DARK ROOMS exhibition at Artists Space include: Richard Baum, Judith Barry, Dorit Cypis, Perry Hoberman, and Antonio Muntadas. Film installation was developed into an alternative means of representation which does not receive the usual commercial support of the gallery system. The current show focuses on voyeurism, language and politics as they manipulate the viewer through the filmic apparatus.
Anne Bray has been working with media installations since 1978. Her slide installation, Man On First and Third, consists of four projections on four walls with four separate audio loops released alternately. The slide projections show a man putting, a hand picking up a rock, hands opening a newspaper, and a scythe cutting grass. The accompanying sounds are those of a baby crying, human breathing, verbal excuses, and commands heard on the television. In her installation, Bray puts the viewer/listener on an axis between fear and control, curiosity and apathy, repression and inhibition, alienation and conformity. Bray has completed a number of many public outdoor installations, in Los Angeles, Boston and New York City, involving billboards and the suppression of advertisements in specific commercial areas. Bray lives and works in Los Angeles.
Kendall Buster's installation consist of two film projections inserted into two walls facing each other. On one wall, two black and white film images show two pairs of eyes slowly blinking. On the other, a black and white film shows close up shots of people buttoning, zipping up, undressing, putting hands into pockets, etc. As the viewer enters the installation he/she is caught by a green spot light, which confronts the voyeur in the process of looking. Moving around the space, the viewer also passes through stages of seduction and desire. The grainy black ad white celluloid image is reminiscent of film noir and acts as an omnipresent eye. The work deals with the processes of looking and being looked at. Kendall Buster has shown at Diane Brown Gallery, NYC; Middendorf Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. She lives and works in New Haven and New York City.