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June Last Thursday -New Video Art

Still from Bad Religion

Still from Bad Religion

Living Room Realty’s Light +Sound Window Gallery presents:

Bad Religion, video loop, 2012

Stephen Slappe

June 27-July 24, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: 6-9pm, Last Thursday, June 27, 2013, Drinks and munchies courtesy Living Room Realty

1422 NE Alberta St, Portland OR

Bad Religion was made for an exhibition in San Francisco where a group of artists were asked to make work in response to a short, ephemeral video prompt provided by the curators. I began by giving myself one rule, namely that I would only watch the video prompt three times. During the initial viewing, I allowed the images and sounds to wash over me and made no attempt to purposefully record any specifics to memory. The second and third viewings involved a flurry of note taking, jotting down short phrases about the tone, content, and formal details of the video.

My experience with the original was that it had something to hide. By that I mean that the characters were always fragmented or obscured and there was no dialogue. And even though the content of the narrative was of the everyday variety, a domestic morning routine interrupted by a knock at the door, the whole affair felt mysterious and ritualistic. The trajectory of one character toward another character in cinematic time communicated both urgency and inevitability. For my video, Bad Religion, these tonal and structural qualities were lifted from the original, amplified, then transposed onto new images and sounds.

About the Artist:

Stephen Slappe (b. Charleston, WV) is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Slappe’s work has exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, The Horse Hospital (London), The Sarai Media Lab (New Delhi), Consolidated Works (Seattle), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), and Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco). His projects have been funded by multiple grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.
Slappe is an Assistant Professor and Chair of Video & Sound at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is an active curator and organizer of video and film exhibitions including New Mutants at Worksound Gallery (Portland) and Out of the Great Northwest at The Horse Hospital (London). Slappe is an amateur film archivist and has presented three programs of archival 16mm films entitled Rolling Deep: Skateboarding Films 1965-1980, Static Age: The Culture of Early Television, and Drugs, Disease, Disaster.
About the Gallery:

 The Light+Sound Window Gallery is a unique exhibition space dedicated to exhibiting new media contemporary art—namely video, film and sound art. The window gallery is located at 1422 NE Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon and is viewable 24/7. Artwork is rotated regularly with artist receptions for each exhibit occurring on the Last Thursday of the month. Living Room provides an honorarium to each exhibiting artist.

Living Room Realty is proud to provide exhibition space for artists who work in video and film. We understands the importance of contemporary art and believe that a strong Arts community in one of the fundamental pieces of a healthy city.

Light+Sound Window Gallery is curated by Gavin Shettler, a licensed Real Estate Broker with Living Room Realty. He can be reached at


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