Ben Coonley in person! Microscope presents a screening of works by Ben Coonley featuring 3D, Pony, Cat, and “Pentar” videos along with pre-show Powerpoint slides by the artist whose solo exhibition “Moonley” is currently on view at the gallery through April 3rd.
The works in the program, completed between 2002 and 2013, range from “hits” or Youtube videos gone viral such as the first two installments of Coonley’s “Trick Pony Trilogy” and his 2006 cat love letter “Valentine for Perfect Strangers”, to lesser known works as the outer space cine-opera “Mercury” and the Performa commission “Why Cecco Beppe Does Not Die”, playful and personal remake of a scene from the 1916 film “Vita Futurista”. The screening also includes the rarely screened “Future of Metal” shot by the artist at the age of 13 on VHS and documenting the first (and last) metal battle of the bands at his junior high school. Ben Coonley will be in attendance and available for a Q&A following the screening. Surprises to be expected. Full program notes: www.microscopegallery.com *$7 general admission, $5 students with ID, Free for Members! * BEN COONLEY is an artist working with video, computers, 3D, and cats. His work has been screened in venues including BAM’s 2015 “3D in the 21st Century” series, MoMA PS1′s “Greater New York: Cinema”, Performa, the New Museum, the Moscow Biennale, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2010, he was named one of Film Comment’s “21 Leading Lights of Projection Performance”. Coonley studied Art Semiotics as an undergraduate at Brown University, and received an MFA from Bard College in 2003. Coonley was born in Boston, MA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Microscope Gallery 1329 Willoughby Ave, #2B Brooklyn, NY 11237 tel: 347.925.1433 i...@microscopegallery.com www.microscopegallery.com Jefferson L (exit Starr Street)
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