(June 17, 2000 3 PM)
Franz Vila: On The Ceiling
you missed the June 4th Gallery X show, this is your only chance for sincere
make up. We now know Franz Vila is back ...For starters Franz Vila is
not a video artist, nor a computer artist.. Franz Vila's materials are
of digital characters and technically he can output to video, film, slides,
print, etc. at will.
May 24, 2000 12 PM
Franz Vila: straight
out of two decades cave
Last seen in 1990 with Lisa Welch in Copenhagen. Since then not heard of again. Speculations that he was abducted by the CIA or secretly killed by guerrillas or that he died of AIDS were not uncommon. Only in 1998 his name seen in Siberia, Bonn and New York next to subtle movement dancer, Maureen Flemming, and rich note composer, Phillip Glass, collaborating in a non-surprising piece called "EROS". Not surprising because Franz' most important piece in the seventies was "M'Eros" and his videos "FaXion", "Movieyeur" and "Xex" had have cult distribution for almost two decades through "Monday Wednesday Friday Video Club"(1) of New York and "Facets Multimedia" of Chicago.
it is surprising is that today Franz Vila dares to come out of his cave
in one corner of minuscule Gallery X. We have to remember that with the
exception of his little known but great and long rapport with Leo Castelli,
Franz always avoided dealers and galleries. As a mater of fact, his work
has never been shown in a gallery. "Reaganoics" , for example, was only
shown in the Potato Wolf series in PBS affiliates and the The Kitchen
in Soho. His installation of painted cans, "Flea Market", was only shown
in the Sea Street with Collab artists in Coney Island. The closest to
a gallery show was his mobile "Citizens" and his sculpture "Power" at
"ABC NO RIO" on Rivington Street and the "A. Moore Store Show" at Broom
Street, which Brooks Alexander Gallery sponsored.
buzz about Franz Vila is that he is the pro-new-criteria artist.
And now out of justified curiosity to see this new part of his art work and to provide many with the chance to meet him for the first time Gallery X and Stefan Eins Fashion Moda will present his one time show from 1 to 6 PM only on June 4th, 2000 at the Gallery X on 23 West 129th Street.
Considering this unavoidable short notice we encourage the press to call us prior to the event and the public to please RSVP Gallery X at (212) 534-7044
1. Descriptions found under Franz Vila in the listing of http://brickhaus.com/amoore/
2. Article on page 50 in Art Forum, October, 1980. Also in Art in America and other publications.
3. A review
could be found on page 122-3 of "New Media in Late 20th Century
Art" by Michael Rush, London Tens & Hudson.
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