If you could construct a Venn diagram of social consciousness and celebrity, the shaded intersection might look very much like Kota Ezawa's new media artwork Lennon Sontag Beuys
. Ezawa crafted a video loop that combines footage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's sleep-in for peace, Susan Sontag lecturing on photography's potential to spur a "moral awakening," and Joseph Beuys discussing art as a form of social sculpture, all painstakingly redrawn frame by frame by Ezawa. Ezawa's stylized animation imparts a cool minimalism that hints at ultra-chic commercial art (think "iPod commercial") while addressing directly the interstices of art, commerce, image and substance. Lennon Sontag Beuys
, the new installment of the New Media Series at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org
) is on display in Gallery 301 through Sunday, April 20.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 11. Continues through April 20, 2008