Marfa Dialogues

ART IN THE AUDITORIUM 2

Aida Ruilova

29 January 2010 - 7 March 2010


OPENING RECEPTION
29 January 2010, 7 – 9 PM

ARTIST TALK with AIDA RUILOVA
30 January 2010, 4 PM at Ballroom Marfa

Ballroom Marfa continues a collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery in London and other international galleries from Oslo, Bergamo, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and Wellington to bring together film and video artists from a global community. Ballroom Marfa has selected Aïda Ruilova as the representative from North America, and as part of this program will screen two of her most recent works from 2008 and 2009 in conjunction with works chosen by each of the participating galleries. Ruilova will give an artist’s talk on Saturday, January 30th.

For the second annual Art in the Auditorium program, Ballroom Marfa continues its collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery in London and other galleries from Oslo, Bergamo, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Wellington to bring together film and video artists from across a global community. Ballroom Marfa has selected Aïda Ruilova as the representative from North America, and as part of this program will screen two of her most recent works, Two-Timers from 2008 and Meet the Eyes from 2009, in conjunction with works chosen by each of the participating galleries.

Video artist and musician Aïda Ruilova presents moments in which something extreme is obviously happening, even though the viewer is never quite able to identify what that something is. Ruilova’s videos are harsh and exhilarating, relying on extreme close ups and quick cuts to create an anxious buildup that has little payoff. The actors or actresses are shown performing strange actions, which are filmed from odd angles or camera positions in order to enhance the discomfort felt by the audience.

The artist’s signature rapid-fire editing disregards any narrative, rather creating an absurd video collage. When paired with a similarly repetitive and dissonant soundtrack, the stream of images creates a rhythm important to the effect of the video loop. While nothing exactly violent ever occurs during Ruilova’s videos, the brusque montage and the psychologically charged settings along with the heavily cut soundtrack create a profoundly disturbing atmosphere.

    New York-based artist Aïda Ruilova conceived and produced her most ambitious work to date during her eleven-month Hammer residency, from August 2008 to June 2009. After multiple short trips to Los Angeles — during which she visited historic locations and architecturally significant buildings and met with actors and artists who appealed to her interests in noir and L.A. iconography — Ruilova shot Meet the Eye (2009), starring actor Karen Black and artist Raymond Pettibon, on a soundstage in Silver Lake, which we are showing in our annual presentation, Art in the Auditorium 2. In this video, Ruilova speaks with Black and Pettibon about their collaborative experiences making the film.

    Video courtesy of the artist and Hammer Museum.

    Generous support for Art in the Auditorium 2 has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Ballroom Marfa members.

    Ballroom Marfa would also like to recognize the following season underwriters of the 2010 Film and Video Program: Nancy & Rod Sanders, Deborah Green, and Chris Mattsson.

    Special thanks to The Big Bend Sentinel; David Branch; Sally Coleman; Rob Crowley of Marfa Industries; Hilary duPont; Anne Kunsemiller; Marfa Public Radio; Alexander Mills; Salon 94, New York; and Gory Smelley of Marfa Recording Company.