A FAILED ENTERTAINMENT
Selections from the Filmography of James O. Incandenza
March 7th- March 21st Year of Glad
Opening Reception March 7th at 5:30pm
VCU Fine Arts Building Gallery
1000 West Broad St. Richmond, VA 23284
Gallery Hours M-F 9am-5pm or by appointment
Curated by Sam Ekwurtzel
Film Screening by Bill Santen to take place during opening reception.
In 1996 author David Foster Wallace published his novel Infinite Jest and was instantly hailed as one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, eventually being granted a MacArthur award. His sprawling and complex novel chronicles the lives of the characters surrounding James Incandenza- avant-garde filmmaker, mathematician, and visionary tennis instructor. The plot largely revolves around the missing master copy of one of Incandenzas films, titled Infinite Jest, a film so entertaining to its viewers that they become catatonic, losing all interest in anything other than endless viewings of the film.
Included as a footnote in Wallaces novel is the Complete Filmography of James O. Incandenza, a detailed list of over 70 industrial, documentary, conceptual, advertorial, technical, parodic, dramatic non-commercial, and non-dramatic commercial works. In collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University, the curators of this exhibition have commissioned artists and filmmakers to re-create seminal works from Incandenzas Filmography.
A previous iteration of this exhibition was presented at the LeRoy Neiman gallery at Columbia University in the spring of 2010.
Any inquiries can be directed to the VCU Department of Sculpture directly at 804.828.1511
Featuring film and video work by:
John and Matt Bucher
Justin Chase Lane
Lee Matney and Glenn Shepard
Min Kim Park