PRESS RELEASE

Ray Rapp: high voltage
November 20 - December 20, 2003

Frederieke Taylor gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition high voltage, a new video installation by Ray Rapp. The installation consists of seven 1.8" 'unassembled' LCD panels showing digital video animations of the motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge.

Reproductions of these photographs of men and women walking on hands and feet, jumping or even pole vaulting, have been sampled, cut up, rearranged and digitally reanimated. By alternating positive and negative versions of each image, simple reanimations are turned into retro-strobing visions. The figures are caught within the frame of the LCD panel. Each LCD monitor plays an animation from a single reproduction, thus creating 7 studies or 7 portraits.

New York artist Ray Rapp is best known for his sculptures created from found television sets combined with video. He takes apart the television sets and rearranges the inside wiring and transistors into a sculptural yet still functional form. The video images created by Rapp on the disembodied screens vary from isolated body parts to scenes from TV shows and reanimations of classic works of art.

By literally deconstructing the latest technology and combining it with reanimations of classic images, Rapp's new installation forms a striking contrast between the colorful high tech of today and the historical images of "one of the progenitors of motion pictures".

Ray Rapp has had many solo exhibitions and video installations in New York and surrounding areas and his work was part of many group exhibitions in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Italy and Belgium. His work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum; the Experimental Television Center, Owego; Musee du Petit Format, Cul-des-Sarts, Belgium; the Library of Congress; PECO Energy Company and in various private collections Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.