To coincide with the exhibition superHUMAN, Central Utah Art Center (CUAC) is pleased to welcome LA based artists Edgar Arceneaux and Kurt Forman for the premier screening of their collaborative filmic mash-up project Hulk Alter You!
WHO: Free and open to the public
WHAT: Screening of Edgar Arceneaux and Kurt Forman’s collaborative filmic mash-up project Hulk Alter You! Q&A with the artists will follow the screening.
WHEN: Thursday 26 July, 2012, 7 – 8:30pm
WHERE: Main Library Auditorium
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Hulk Alter You! is a mash-up of three Science Fiction films—Altered States, The Incredible Hulk, and Youth Without Youth—that visualize scientists/professors mutated by chemicals, radiation, and/or genetic engineering in an attempt to recreate themselves into super men with hyper-awareness, or hyper-physical powers. As LA based artists, both Forman and Arceneaux are interested in the ways Hollywood renders evolution into an entertainment vehicle for mass consumption, and how cinematic exaggeration and distortion influence the way in which people perceive themselves. Hulk Alter You! is a structural composite that overlaps frames of each film thematically to produce a fourth film that contains the original iterations, but also transcends them. The film attempts to scramble the codes of Hollywood cinema that render the hysterical human body through the lens of hyperbolic special effects—all while producing a subtle and sophisticated critique of the metamorphosis of science into mass entertainment.
The superHUMAN exhibit is currently on display at CUAC in Ephraim, Utah through August 3rd and will travel to Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey, where it will be on exhibit from September 6 through December 22. The exhibition explores the work of more than a dozen contemporary artists who utilize speculative art forms—drawing from classic Greek myths, comic books and graphic novels, to sci-fi literature and film, to create new hybrid styles that provide the artists with an important means for exploring serious cultural issues. By incorporating elements of the mythical and fantastic, the artists in superHUMAN compel audiences to look beyond our contemporary notions regarding race, gender, cultural rituals, science, and even art itself.
Kurt Forman was born in Coshocton Ohio in 1965 and currently resides in South Pasadena, California where he works as an artist and filmmaker. He received a B.A. in Art Theory from the University of California at San Diego, a Master’s Degree in Art History at the University of California at Riverside, and an M.F.A. in painting from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He recently founded Green Cabin Films, an independent production company specializing in Experimental Horror and Science Fiction films, and his first live action short, Cannibal Cult Holocaust, was screened at the Reel Scary Horror Film Festival in Oklahoma. He has just completed his second live-action short, Missing Island, set to debut this summer at Jaus Gallery in LA. His reviews on Hollywood cinema have recently appeared in Artillery Magazine and he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Pasadena City College where he teaches a course on Contemporary American Science Fiction and Horror Films.
Edgar Arceneaux was born in 1972 in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to live and work. He received a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. In addition, he’s participated as an artist in residence at Art Pace in San Antonio, TX, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Project Row Houses in Houston and at the Fachhochschule Aachen in Germany. Previous solo exhibitions of his work have been featured at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Kitchen, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York. Current exhibits of Arceneaux’s work include solo shows at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland and in “Marking Time”, the inaugural re-opening exhibition of the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia. His work has been included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and California Biannual 2008, and resides in public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, Hammer Museum and Museum of Modern Art, New York. Arceneaux has received many prestigious awards including the United States Artists Award, William H. Johnson Award, Creative Capital, Joyce Foundation Award, American Center for the Arts, LEF Foundation Grant, the Pat Hearn Award, the California Community Foundation Individual Artists Award and the 2012 REDCAT Award.
Since 1999 Arceneaux has been the Director of the Watts House Project, an artist driven neighborhood redevelopment project centered on the historic Watts Towers.
Edgar cares about the relationship between art and the social space and has committed his professional life to its exploration.