White Room David Berezin
Berezin's digital renderings have a Trompe-l'œil effect. Colorful pushpins frame collected keepsakes on a wall. The elements reveal a narrative about the collector; a yellow bumper sticker reads 'FREE KEVIN', the mantra of a movement protesting the incarceration of a young hacker in the early 90; a jury summons is addressed to a former Imperial Wizard of the KKK. In these works the artist's interest lies in combining a decidedly mundane wall space with highly specific and political references.
Berezin's videos are made by collaging existing commercials, and by animating the signatures of famous and historical figures onto fictional production companies. Each is created by treating 20+ clips with an overarching rule/logic. For Commercials, Berezin has simply added a laugh track, highlighting the painful archetypes the commercials fill and assumptions each have about its viewers. In Signatures, Berezin creates production ‘bumpers’ for a wide swath of individuals without their own production companies, asking the viewer to figure out the difference between a film made by Mary Wollstonecraft vs the kind of film that would be made by Tipper Gore. Both works complicate existing genres of media (commercials and production credits) exposing the strangeness in these banalities.
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David Berezin (b.1985, Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited work at Sculpture Center, New York; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; and Seventeen, London.
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