Originating from an installment of The Space Program, the video is titled after the 1972 groundbreaking architectural study that inspired it, “Learning from Las Vegas” by Denise Scott Brown, Steven Izenour and Robert Venturi. Learning from "Dynasty" “reconstructs” buildings that appeared weekly on the popular 1980s primetime soap-opera series “Dynasty”. By combining the exterior shots of the shows recurring locations, the work indexes the “po-mo” architecture and filmic patina of the time. While the various establishing shots are rote, save for the jolt of a zoom or pan, the accompanying snippets of thematic music betray the drama of the episodic narratives. The taxonomy of TV facades concludes abruptly with the brute reality of a black-and-white surveillance camera POV from within a building lobby, where an encounter occurs.
Daniel Chapman, a web developer, and I broke ground on the site June 8, 2015 and constructed and reconstructed it as our schedules allowed. My ambition was to create a comprehensive space to house my art and corresponding activities, which include writing, teaching and screenings. The site also encompasses my work in the field of contemporary psychoanalysis and includes links to other places of interest. Images of works from and installation views of exhibitions in most cases represent a portion of what was shown. Titles and details for individual works will be posted subsequently. The site will be updated on an ongoing basis.
I’m grateful to Daniel for his expertise, creativity, and commitment. For more information about Daniel and his work, click here.