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“While I am honored that the Pompidou Centre has acquired my work, quite frankly I’m much more comfortable at the edges of the art world rather than at it’s center,” says Fagin.
With video sales now representing 58% of the commercial film business, Fagin considers not only content and form in his new work, Oliver Kahn (2003), he also engages the question of distribution. One Star Press, Paris, will distribute the work as a deluxe limited edition artist book and DVD. “I initially thought it best to publish Oliver Kahn as a limited edition,” says Fagin, “rather than having it be perceived as marginal as many time-based works are. It is a challenging chamber piece that will only yield its subtleties through multiple viewing.”
Oliver Kahn will also premier at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, in La Jolla on Friday, October 24, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Named after the Bayern Munich goalkeeper who led the German national team in the World Cup last year in Japan and Korea, Oliver Kahn is loosely based on the 1958 one-act play by Samuel Beckett, Krapp’s Last Tape, in which an old man plays back audiotapes he recorded while young and reconsiders his early passions and ambitions. Fagin’s Oliver Kahn uses soccer matches, Hollywood movies, and personal reverie to reflect how one recounts a life.
“In the last eighteen years Steve Fagin has made some of the most intelligent and intellectually daunting videos,” says filmmaker Mark Rappaport. “They are also vastly entertaining. In another world Fagin’s work would have much broader exposure…if there was any justice.”
The limited edition artist book and DVD Oliver Kahn is available through One Star Press, Paris. One Star Press, an artist-managed press, has produced over 70 books, multiples and artists’ films with an international roster of artists since 2000.
Steve Fagin is Chair of the
Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. The
recipient of several NEA grants, his work has been featured at a retrospective
at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and is the subject of a book from
Duke University Press, Talkin' With Your Mouth Full: Conversations
with the Videos of Steve Fagin. He has produced a series of feature
length videos including The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and
Raymond Roussel, The Machine That Killed Bad People and
TropiCola, which have been prominently featured at museums and
international festivals and screened on Bravo International in Latin America,
Canal + in Europe and PBS in the United States. Recently, the Museum of
Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art featured his work at
shows on the art of the 20th Century.
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