Gallery I | Portrait Paris December 2004 | 2 minutes | color | silent | 2005

Gallery II | Portrait #2 Paris December 2004 | 60 seconds | color | silent | 2005

Saturday | 30 July 2011 | 8pm

Perform Now ^ Chinatown

Portrait Paris December 2004 and Portrait #2 Paris December 2004 are the artist’s self-portraits filmed in his studio in Paris. In Portrait, Arnold swallows an unseen drink, exhales smoke from an unseen cigarette, while Portrait #2 illuminates the actions that necessitated those functions; one of the artist’s hands never leaves the frame, and always with a cigarette or a glass. These two sequences analyze the relationship between intention and consequence, cause and effect. Together Portrait and Portrait #2 distinctly capture the artist’s concerns of the relationship between the body and specific time and place with a concentration on routine and fundamental gestures of action.

Skip Arnold (b. Binghamton, NY) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from State University College, Buffalo in 1980 and MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. Arnold has performed and exhibited extensively in galleries and institutions throughout the world including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris; Galerie MXM, Prague; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Hayward Gallery, London; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Mercer Art Gallery, Toronto; and the New Museum, New York among others.

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