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May 2012: Jaime Davidovich - Re:PLAY

Jaime Davidovich - Re:PLAY
Re:PLAY, Video Survey 1972-2011 Jaime Davidovich

LMCC grantee Jaime Davidovich’s solo exhibition Re: PLAY will be featured at MediaNoche, a new media gallery in East Harlem from April 19 - June 9, 2012. Davidovich is a painter, conceptual, video and installation artist known for his pioneering work in creating artist-run, avant-garde local cable television programming with the founding of Cable SoHo and the Artists Television Network. Re: PLAY re-examines many of Davidovich’s key works within the context of new media experimentation and community.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1936, Davidovich came to the US in the 1960s when artists were breaking away from institutionalized spaces like museums and galleries, displaying work on billboards, the sides of buildings, and storefronts. As an artist experimenting with the boundaries of visual art, space and texture, Davidovich fit right in. His early works pushed the limits of painting as a medium, eventually moving into a focus on media and television. He is perhaps best known for The Live! Show, a weekly variety program that aired on Manhattan cable television from 1979 until 1984. Hosted by his television alter-ego Dr. Videovich, this weekly half-hour program gave the alternative art scene a television presence, featuring performances by and interviews with art world personalities, live phone-ins, and a home-shopping segment. Several episodes of the Live! Show are on view at the gallery and also on Youtube.

While not a retrospective, the exhibition re-examines key works in light of the artist’s preoccupation with space and subjectivity, which transgresses the domain of each medium with which he works. The exhibition includes works spanning the early 70's to the present, from one of his earliest, a single-channel video called Road (1972), to his latest work, Urban Landscape (2011) that melds technology with painting. Re: PLAY considers the video work of Jaime Davidovich as whimsical challenge to the conventions of television and painting.

Re: PLAY, which displays works in both Spanish and English, is presented by MediaNoche, a gallery in East Harlem serving the Latino community and the wider NYC public. Hear from the artist on May 12th, when Mr. Davidovich will present an artist talk to discuss past and present work and respond to questions from the audience.

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Dates & Times:
April 19 - June 9, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 6PM-8PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 12, 2PM Gallery Hours: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 2PM-6PM and by appointment

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