Monday August 1, 7:30pm
YES: LJ Frezza / Joshua Gen Solondz
artists in person!


Still from “Golden Eye” (LJ Frezza, 2013) – image courtesy of the artist

Microscope is pleased to present a screening of works in film and video by LJ Frezza and Joshua Gen Solondz as part of our YES series of emerging artists. The program, which includes a selection of works made over the past several years as well as new works in progress, features side-by-side two artists who use painstaking editing processes to create new imagery and content in distinct bodies of work.

Frezza, whose latest videos  “I Want To” (2016, work in progress) and “The Neutral” (2016) along with his 2014 “Nothing” dissect TV shows (X-Files, Start Trek, Seinfeld respectively) — sometimes using footage from the entire series — to reveal the hidden in plain sight as clues into the collective perception of future, surveillance, or other issues at a certain moment in time. Among the other source materials are the entire James Bond series and the video game “The Elder Scrolls”.

Solondz’s works are generally oriented towards the breakdown of the system — camera, capture, recording and other devices as well as the medium itself. “Nightmare Arson Fire” (2016) for instance combines multiple attempts at contact printing a badly decayed roll of film retrieved from a Brooklyn basement after a fire. In “lapse” (2014) Solondz employs single-frame shooting using an unreliable Bolex camera. And for “it’s not a prison if you never try the door” (2013) Godzilla’s destruction of urban buildings is accompanied by glitches and other distortions of the digital image.

Frezza and Solondz will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

general admission $7

students w/ ID $5

LJ Frezza is an artist and curator interested in contemporary media cultures. He received his BFA in Experimental Media from Emerson College and his MFA in Film, Video, New Media, & Animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, the Slamdance Film Festival, the Museum of Art and Design, MOCA Tuscon, the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and the Internet. His work has been written about in Vice, AV Club, and Sight & Sound.

Joshua Gen Solondz is an artist working in images, performance, installation, and sound. He has shown in a variety of festivals including Images, Toronto Internation Film Festival (Wavelengths), Onion City, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, and New York Film Festival (Projections). Solondz has also screened at REDCAT, UnionDocs, Light Industry, Harvard Film Archive, DINCA, and Black Hole, among others, and has received awards from Black Maria FIlm Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. Solondz lives in Los Angeles.


Still from “Prisoner’s Cinema” (Joshua Gen Solondz, 2012) – image courtesy of the artist

Microscope Gallery Events Series 2016 is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
With the underwriting support of the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

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