Monday March 17, 7PM
Videos by Eileen Maxson
admission $6 – artist in person

© Courtesy of the artist

We are very pleased to welcome New York/Netherlands-based artist Eileen Maxson to Microscope for a special screening program of video works. Maxson, who is strongly influenced by 90s American pop culture and blockbuster movies, presents “a medley of [her own] faulty transmissions, serious ladies, and televised hallucinations” made between 2002 and the present. Heavy-hearted, yet humorous, Maxson performs in many of the videos as characters trapped by media, and frequently sabotaged by technology including, among others, a rejected VHS application to the Real World, an online romance scam victim, and a stock footage sunburn victim. Also included in the program are excerpts from a new work-in-progress inspired by the film “Reality Bites”(1994)!

 “(Maxson’s) videos evoke a world of faulty transmissions, moribund formats, and women under the influence of both. Each elegantly crafted tape conjures up a hidden history of media, one that emphasizes its most marginal and ephemeral forms…”  – Thomas Beard

Eileen Maxson (New York, 1980) is an interdisciplinary artist working at the confluence of video, performance and installation. Her works humorously interrogate the borders between imagination and consumer coercion; technology and true personality Her works have been seen at museums and microcinemas including Anthology Film Archives, New York; Art in General, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Light Industry, Brooklyn; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; and THE INTERNET.

Maxson has been awarded residencies at De Ateliers, Amsterdam; International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). New York. She has received grants from the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam; Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue, New York; The Dallas Museum of Art; Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam. Eileen was also the first recipient of the Arthouse Texas Prize (2005). In 2008, a DVD complication of her videos “Lost Broadcasts” was released by Aurora Picture Show and Microcinema International.

Eileen holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2008) and a BFA from University of Houston (2002). She lives and works in New York and the Netherlands.


06:22 min, 2002
Maxson performs an asocial college student’s VHS audition tape to the “Real World”. A secret is revealed and the resulting confession lands on the desk of a jaded MTV employee, who fast-forwards through the details of her dejected story.

12:00 min (Excerpt, In-Progress), 2014
Re-enacting a scene in the film “Reality Bites”, young female creatives are challenged to define irony on camera. Their videos tape over an original VHS of the movie.

 4:27, 2009
A victim of online romance scams reveals the details of her deceptions. She admits “it wasn’t exactly love at first type”, but falls hard nonetheless

0:45, 2009
From ____ to ______.

3:17, 2008
A televised nightmare, recorded LIVE and relived online.

1:56, 2006
Disappearing in front of the bright lights of a TV News conference, one woman articulates the melancholy and contradictions of the present moment.

2:00, 2002
Cinderella meets 90210, Lady gets a new reputation.

DISED 2604: Prof. Catherine Poplar
5:00, 2004
From the start, Catherine Poplar’s lecture entitled  “Existentialism   and Stephen King: The Artist’s Role in Society According to the ‘Shawshank Redemption’” is plagued with technical disaster. Repeatedly interrupted by a faulty microphone, the professor distressingly and humorously stumbles through the recording.

2:20, 2010
An ear worm exorcism, psychic bubbling of worry, trash, cash and (so last century) curses.

Total Running Time: about 45 min

Still from “TAPE 5925: AMY GOODROW” (Eileen Maxson, 2002) © Courtesy of the artist

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