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Endurance: Reel Three

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Critic's Choice This third in a four-part video series is worth seeing for two of its tapes. Though Gordon Matta-Clark's Clockshower (originally shot on film) isn't very well made, it should fascinate those familiar with the filmmaker's bizarre interest in architecture: in other works he actually took buildings apart. In this video he climbs to the top of a New York clock tower and uses a stream of water coming from one of the clock's hands to wash, shave, and brush his teeth. Eventually he lies under the clock's hands, creating a weirdly intimate connection between man and architecture through the variety of ways his body relates to the clock tower. Skip Arnold describes his Marks, which began as a live TV broadcast, as using his body "to make marks on the walls of an 8 x 8 x 8' white room....The piece ended when I lost consciousness." This almost frighteningly masochistic work is effective because of its rapid cutting: a kind of optical violence results--mirroring Arnold's collisions with the walls and falls to the floor. At the same time, the bruises that begin to appear on his bare torso signal that this piece is disturbingly "real." Also on the program are Arnold's Punch; Linda Montano's Mitchell's Death; Barbara Smith's Becoming Bald, Full Jar, Empty Jar, and The Perpetual Napkin; and Kim Jones's San Francisco Walk. Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee, Friday, March 15, 8:00, 666-7737. --Fred Camper

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): film still.

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