Chip Lord:
Folding Back Time, Form and Format

December 5, 2020 - February 20, 2021

Chip Lord installation view
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Rena Bransten Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Bay Area artist Chip Lord. Lord, whose first exhibition with the gallery was in 1992, continues to offer the viewer a matrix to frame visual representation, media, fact, fiction, and experience.
Exploiting media and message with a critical eye and gentle humor, Lord often deconstructs American myths and associated nostalgia. He is equally known for his work with the alternative architecture and media collective Ant Farm, which he co-founded with Doug Michels in 1968, as for his teaching and on-going media practice. Ant Farm’s iconic performance/video work Media Burn is the subject of a new monograph, Ant Farm and the Making of an Image, by Steve Seid.

Exhibition Catalog

Picture Windows, 1990

Chip Lord + Mickey McGowan, 3 channel video installation commissioned by SFMOMA for the exhibition, "Bay Area Media," 1990.
Chip Lord's doll house installation
Video Installation

American Utopia: Picture Windows Model, 2020

This new work revisits the 1990 installation and is at the center of Folding Back Time, Form, and Format. Its 3 channels of video condense views of daily life into the miniature windows of a vintage child’s dollhouse.
Chip Lord's multi-media doll house with three channels of video
2019, mixed media, 29 x 33 ¾ x 22 ½ inches
Sill from Chip Lord "Picture Windows"
Detail (video still)

Virtual Events:

Artist in Conversation:
Chip Lord + Rudolf Frieling (Curator of Media Arts, SFMOMA)
*edited from the original webinar

January 7, 2021

“Media Burn: Ant Farm + the Making of an Image,” book launch + conversation with Steve Seid, moderated by Tonya Zimbardo

December 15, 2020 

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