Owen Land

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works

biography

°1944 - ✝2011 , USA.

Solo Exhibitions

2012Owen Land, Essex Street, New York, USA
2009How can you believe anything he says, Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany
Dialogues, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Owen Land: Dialogues, Kunsthalle Bern at Liste, Basel, Switzerland
Owen Land, Kusthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2008Owen Land Logical Facades, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014Wörter als Türen in Sprache, Kunst, Film / Words as Doors in Language, Art, Film, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria
2010The Way it Wasn't, Celebrating ten years of castillo/corrales (curated by Castillo/Corrales), Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, USA
The Unpardonable Sin, Castillo/Corrales, Paris, France
Curated by - Martin Arnold, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria
The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia
2009Owen Land & Hannah Sawtell, Vilma Gold, London, UK
Evanston Art Center, Chicago, USA
2008Artists of the Gallery, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2007On the Marriage Broker Joke, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
20067th Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany
1972Documenta 5, Documenta, Kassel, Germany

Selected Press

2011Heidi Phillips, 'Owen Land/George Landow', Screen Slate, December 2011
P. Adams Sitney, 'Owen Land', Artforum, November, p.63-66
2009Paul Young and Paul Duncan, Art Cinema, (cat.), Taschen, p.187
Rainer Bellenbaum, 'Entering into Dialogue, About Owen Land in the Kunsthalle Bern' (translation: Julian Reidy), Texte zur Kunst, September
Indra Devriendt, 'Owen Land, Dialogues', Hart, May
Stefanie Christ, 'Owen Land verführt zum Film'Berner Zeitung, April 3
Alice Henkes, 'Verwirrende Ansichtssachen', Der Bund, 3 April
Philippe Pirotte,'Dialogues, Owen Land', e-flux, April 2
Anonymous, 'Kabbala trifft Avantgarde', Derstandard.at, April 1
2008Scott Foundas, 'Avant-gardist Owen Land Comes Out of the Shadows', LA Weekly.com, June
Chris Sharp, 'Owen Land', Frieze Magazine, April

Filmography

2009Dialogues
1999Undesirables
1984The Box Theory (video)
1983Noli Me Tangere / Don't Touch Me (video)
1977 –79   On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?
1978Diploteratology
1976New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel Sometimes Develops
1975Wide Angle Saxon
No Sir, Orison!
1974A Film of Their 1973 Spring Tour Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley California
1973Thank You Jesus for the Eternal Present
1972What’s Wrong With This Picture 2
1971What’s Wrong With This Picture 1
1970Remedial Reading Comprehension
1969Institutional Quality
Baroque Slippages
1968The Film that Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter
1967Bardo Follies
1965 –66   Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, etc.
1965This Film will be Interrupted after 11 Minutes by a Commercial
Adjacent Yes, But Simultaneous?
The Skin
1964Not a Case of Lateral Displacement
1963 –64   Fleming Faloon
1963Fleming Faloon Screening
Richard Kraft at the Playboy Club
1962Are Era
1961A Stringent Prediction at the Early Hermaphroditic Stage
Faulty Pronoun Reference, Comparison and Punctuation of the Restrictive or Non-Restrictive Element
Two Pieces for the Precarious Life

About Owen Land

Owen was born and grew up in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut. He spent his teenage years hanging around Yale University. As a young child,he was always drawing pictures and was given the role of class artist, drawing holiday pictures on the blackboard. At the age of sixteen he saw a Yale production of Ionesco's The Bald soprano, and he decided to become a playwright. He soon saw Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Krapp's Last Tape, and was even more determined to write plays. As high school graduation approached, he was having difficulty deciding whether to become a writer of plays or a painter in the manner of De Kooning.His parents discouraged his artistic interests, urging him to become a lawyer, a career he had no interest in.He decided to enroll in an art college, and also took some academic courses in ancient Greek language and literature. He can still write in the Greek alphabet, a useless ability. He studied drawing,painting,and sculpture for about ten years, not consecutively. He was also experimenting with film-making at this time,like many painters and sculptors in the early 1960s ,including Oldenburg, Whitman, and Warhol. He also became a serious student of the classical guitar with several private teachers. Around 1966 his films were regularly mentioned in the Movie Journal columns of Jonas Mekas,which brought Land's films to the attention of an intenational audience. By 1969 Land was concentrating on sculpture and films,and produced Diploteratology, the first of his films he considers an artistic success. In 1970 he accepted a teaching position on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where many of his films were then made with students in film production classes. He founded the Experimental Theatre Workshop at The Art Institute of Chicago, and wrote and directed several musical theatre pieces, with original songs and music, including Mechanical Sensuality and Schwimmen mit Wimmen. Retrospectives of Owen Land's films have been held at the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland, The American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria New York, The Rotterdam International Film Festival in the Netherlands, The Tate Gallery in London, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2004 he featured in the retrospective exhibition Behind the facts. Interfunktionen 1968-1975, in the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain, travelling to the Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal and the Fridericianum Kassel, Germany. In 2009 the Kunsthalle Bern featured the first institutional solo exhibition of Owen Land's works.

exhibitions

27.09 – 31.10.2009
07.09 – 10.10.2008
Becky Beasley / Mathew Cerletty / Tamar Halpern / David Hominal / Owen Land / Davis Rhodes
21.03 – 03.05.2008
31.05 – 15.07.2007
Robert Beck / Matthew Brannon / Mathew Cerletty / Keren Cytter / Armen Eloyan / Owen Land

publications

Owen Land

‘Dialogues’ a film by Owen Land

Published by Paraguay Press with Kunsthalle Bern, 2011

Co-published by Paraguay Press and Kunsthalle Bern on the occasion of the exhibitions Dialogues, the book features the complete script of his last film, as well as two interviews with the artist and essays written by Philippe Pirotte, Julia Strebelow and Chris Sharp.

Dimensions: 260 × 140 mm
Pages: 336
Price: 25 Euro

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news

Owen Land in Wörter als Türen in Sprache, Kunst, Film / Words as Doors in Language, Art, Film at Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria, 15 March - 18 May 2014

press

Mark Webber, 'Owen Land', Sight and Sound, October 2012

Heidi Phillips, 'Owen Land/George Landow', Screen Slate, December 2011

P. Adams Sitney,'Owen Land', Artforum, November 2011

Paul Young and Paul Duncan, Art Cinema, Taschen, 2009

Rainer Bellenbaum, 'Entering into Dialogue, About Owen Land in the Kunsthalle Bern' (translation: Julian Reidy), Texte zur Kunst, September 2009

Indra Devriendt, 'Owen Land, Dialogues', Hart, May 2009

Stefanie Christ, 'Owen Land verführt zum Film', Berner Zeitung, April 2009

Alice Henkes, 'Verwirrende Ansichtssachen', Der Bund, April 2009

Philippe Pirotte, 'Dialogues, Owen Land', e-flux, April 2009

Anonymous, 'Kabbala trifft Avantgarde', Derstandard.at, April 2009

Scott Foundas, 'Avant-gardist Owen Land Comes Out of the Shadows', LA Weekly.com, June 2008

Chris Sharp, 'Owen Land', Frieze Magazine, April 2008