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Review: Cineapolis (2007) by Alex Hubbard

20 July 2011 by

Cineapolis (2007) by Alex HubbardCineapolis (2007) by Alex Hubbard

CINEAPOLIS
by Alex Hubbard
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USA, 2007, 2 min, video, color, sound

Cineapolis (2007), by Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker, Alex Hubbard, is a ruinous slapstick video painting in two minutes, a performance impelled by the cathartic concept of if it feels good, do it.

A static one-shot, filmed from above, captures rummager Hubbard’s madcap actions of cutting, pouring, balloon burning, and paint feathering.  A tactile, prop-driven film that hits the bill down, smacks up the viewer, and slakes the cinematic thirst. If you’re looking for the ne plus ultra of ’00s video art and performance, take a big gulp from this plastic container.

More: Alex Hubbard on Ubu.

Playfully destructive and rigorously formal, Alex Hubbard’s tabletop videos — shot from above in a single take – blur together painting, performance, sculpture and video into humorous and disorienting narratives.

Born in Oregon in 1975, Hubbard received his B.F.A. from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1999 and graduated from the Whitney Independent Study Program. He is represented by Maccarone gallery, and Standard Oslo. —  U B U W E B

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