The Vault

September 10 - February 13, 2011

The Vault functions as a media flat file—a converted walk-in safe where audiences can experience a variety of video and audio art. Work will be added to the The Vault on a rolling basis, remain on view for approximately six months and then rotate out. Viewers have the remote control in their hands to select the work they would like to view.

Check this page frequently for newly added artists and videos.

Currently in The Vault:

Matthew Barton
Crossroads, 2005
In a brief tale that is both comic and tragic, a young man finds roadkill and buries it.

Matthew Barton
Spring 2010 (All Good), 2010
A day in the life of a mountain dweller near Colorado Springs (and therefore NORAD).

Matthew Barton and anna Bojic
Perpetual Impermanence, 2010
A lo-fi, psychedelic through-the-looking-glass adventure involving a dance party with a raccoon.

Dineo Seshee Bopape
the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye, 2009
This video pays homage to Bopape's place of birth, Polokwane, but shows her struggle reconnecting to the local landscape after years abroad.

Dineo Seshee Bopape
feelin cosmic, 2008
Bopape is known for her playful, experimental video works and cluttered installations of found objects. These delve into the magic and mysteries of the metaphysical realm.

Steven Cohen
Golgotha, 2009
'Golgotha' began with the artist's discovery of two human skulls for sale in a shop in Soho, NY. These were fashioned by Cohen into a pair of macabre 'skulletoes' worn in a series of actions which took him to Wall Street, Times Square and Ground Zero.

Chris Coleman and Michael Salter
My House is not My House 3, 2010
This is part of an ongoing series dealing with themes of isolation, suburbia, and western culture. Nature tries to carve out an existence amongst these seemingly unoccupied homes while time passes and nothing seems to change.

Chris Coleman and Michael Salter
My House is not My House 4, 2010
See above.

Paul Edmunds
Weft, 2008
This body of work began with a story Edmunds wrote about growing up on Johannesburg's East Rand in the 1970s and 80s, and his relationship with surf and skate culture of the time.

Simon Gush
Underfoot (Vooruit), 2009
Underfoot (Vooruit) makes links between the growth of basketball in Europe and the early history of Jazz. The performance is comprised of Swing dancers and Jazz musicians performing on a floor that has been covered with Coca-Cola in the Vooruit, Gent.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (I), 2010
For the past year Hugo has been photographing the people and landscape of an expansive dump of obsolete technology in Ghana. The area, on the outskirts of a slum known as Agbogbloshie, is referred to by local inhabitants as Sodom and Gomorrah.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (II), 2010
See above.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (III), 2010
See above.

Jennifer Levonian
Holy Donuts, 2008
Levonian's animations borrow heavily from her own personal history. The work is a painstaking process of hand cut-paper animation using watercolor paintings and collage.

Jennifer Levonian
Take Your Picture With a Puma, 2009
See above. Music by Nathan Parker Smith.

Michael MacGarry
Will to Power, 2010
Will to Power aims to analyze the ideological and political motivations for assassination--with the act of assassination read as an extreme form of censorship as well as a manifestation of public and political will.

Nandipha Mntambo
Ukungenisa, 2008
Mntambo rehearses the steps of a bullfighter in the abandoned Pra?a de Touros in Maputo, the arena where black Mozambicans once fought for the entertainment of the colonial Portuguese. Her costume is part matador and part bull.

Andrew Putter
Secretly I Will Love You More, 2008
This work was inspired by the story of Maria de la Quellerie who, shortly after her arrival in the Cape in 1652, adopted a Khoikhoi girl. The familial intimacy subverts the racial segregation and conflict that usually characterizes South African histories.

Eric Rippert
Chubby Boy, 2004
Rippert plays with a video art trope: the loop. Loops repeat the same video over and over for easy gallery viewing. Rippert's loops are ridiculously short, and therefore make the actions seem infinite and linear rather than merely cyclical and repetetive.

Eric Rippert
Dancing Bird, 2004
See above.

Eric Rippert
Narcissusissy, 2007
Narcissusissy depicts two twins lost in a near-kiss. More than just a love of a reflection (a fiction and illusion), this portrays a love of the same (a real similar person and the same sex).

Berni Searle
Lull, 2009
The tranquility of the landscape is unexpectedly disrupted by a tire set alight, a potent and sinister symbol of political protest, particularly in South Africa. The work was conceived at a time of a growing and pervasive 'air of discontent' in S. Africa.

Berni Searle
Moonlight, 2010
On the outskirts of South African cities, tires are burnt overnight to recover the wire inside that is sold as scrap for 40 cents/kilo--many tires need to be burnt to obtain a kilo of metal. Laws have recently been instated making possession of this wire illegal.

Berni Searle
Gateway, 2010
This work was conceived at a time of a growing and pervasive 'air of discontent' in South Africa. In May 2008, immigrants became the scapegoats on whom similar frustrations were unleashed.

Lerato Shadi
Aboleleng, 2007
An image of vulnerability and strength, Aboleleng considers the moment where our innermost ideas are set up for public scrutiny, like an artist first exhibiting new work.

Lerato Shadi
Hema (or Six hours of out-breath captured in 792 balloons), 2007
This work is based on a performance staged at the offices of the advertising agency Ogilvy in Cape Town. Shadi references nature of the modern working environment, where our primary needs of proper breathing and physical posture are too easily forgotten.

Penny Siopis
Obscure White Messenger, 2010
Siopis' work covers different foci but her interest in what she calls the 'poetics of vulnerability' characterises all her explorations in history, memory and migration as well as her concerns with shame, violence and sexuality.

Dario Šolman
Reflections, 2010
Dario ?olman's The Heart of Perspective, The Making of the Film is an ongoing project begun in 2001 that consists of studies and tests for a film that will never be made. ?olman has stated, "We should think of it as film without a film."

Dario Šolman
Container, 2009
See above.

Deborah Stratman
It Will Die Out In The Mind, 2006
A short meditation on the possibility of spiritual existence and the paranormal in our information age. Texts are lifted from Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker in which the Stalker's daughter redeems his otherwise doomed spiritual journey.

David Wojnarowicz
A Fire In My Belly (Film In Progress), 1986-87
Super 8mm film, black and white & color
Courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York and The Fales Library and Special Collections/ New York University
On view through February 13, 2011

David Wojnarowicz
Super 8mm film, black and white & color
Courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York and The Fales Library and Special Collections/ New York University
On view through February 13, 2011

Video and Streaming Media

Jennifer Levonian, Holy Donuts (clip)

View Calendar

10 Meet the Artists: Johnny ...

25 Opening Reception