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by Todd Camplin
Video art has a short history, and like painting, the styles and subjects are diverse. They range
from realistic depictions of people and places to pure abstractions. Sarah Rachel Larson in her
series BackStage/OnStage, takes moments in time that are not particularly significant and
creates videos. These videos are slices of life, like drinking from a cup, watching a screen, or
tying your shoe. Jessie Porter is also a video artist. Porter is interested in short bursts of movement.
She is influenced by the 1980’s underground film artists in New York known as the Cinema of
Transgression. However, the short clips, stark black and white, and dramatic movement strike
me as more early 1900’s film test. Some of Porter’s earlier films are more kitschy and darker in
content, like Hermann Nitsch and the Orgien Mysterien Theater dark.

Caleb Shafer is a video artist that often incorporates well thought out installation to bring
a bit more than just a screen or projection. Shafer creates abstract art out of found film
that has some negative or kitsch content. He is taking it a bit further than Richard Prince
by stripping away the ad information present an image. Shafer uses analog and digital
methods to remove all the violent or sexual content to uncover the abstract and beautiful
elements left behind.

Liz Trosper makes colorful photo-collages that use paper and wires that seem to reflect the now,
the way a Cezanne still life painting captured late 19th century. Only instead of fruit, Trosper is
Caleb Shafer
Earth Delete Install
Cynthia Ann Saathoff_Tryst no. 1, 2015
Archival inks on metallic paper 8 × 8 in
Liz Trosper - WHHSBTA, 2015
Vinyl ink on canvas, 69 1/2 × 48 in