This is the End


Tommy Hartung Still from The Fall (from an ongoing series THE BIBLE) 2014. Video montage, color, sound. 18 min. Courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays Gallery, New York.

Exhibition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, until 07 June
Featured are three recent videos by three international artists working independently. Sharing similar sensibilities and employing an array of unconventional narrative strategies, the individual works by Ed Atkins, Loretta Fahrenholz, and Tommy Hartung address such themes as trauma, melancholy, surrealism, and the uncanny. Atkins’s Even Pricks comprises a series of hyperpolished digitally rendered vignettes that relate the idea of depression to the immaterial surfaces of images. Fahrenholz’s Ditch Plains depicts NYC and its environs in the wake of an unspecified disaster that seems at once physical, virtual, and emotional. Hartung’s epic THE BIBLE incorporates found footage, fictitious news footage, and animation in a dramatic exploration of issues from the Old Testament, including morality, ethics, religion, and war.
Tommy Hartung Still from The Fall (from an ongoing series THE BIBLE) 2014. Video montage, color, sound. 18 min. Courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays Gallery, New York.
Tommy Hartung Still from THE BIBLE 2014. HD video, color, sound. 48 min. Courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York.