"T.V. Picture: Diana Formisano, John Glascock, Rene Santos"
April 26 - June 26 1985

"As Baudrillard has remarked, 'the T.V. image suggests nothing,... is only a screen or not even that, ... a miniaturized terminal located directly in your head--you are the screen and T.V. is watching you.' And the artists in 'T.V. Picture' are the screen or rather, their camera lens is the screen and their resulting photographs are additional screens upon which an active rather than passive intelligence has been exercised. Thus, John Glascock presents a fragmentation of T.V.'s narrative structure in order to expose it as possessing no meaning in and of itself. Television is a total fabrication and Glascock's disjointed sequence of images functions as a reiteration of T.V.'s own lack of a master narrative. Rene Santos, in contrast, aims to deconstruct the smooth flow of television's simulations, which pose as television 'truth,' in order to expose them as neither true nor false, but as ideological constructs (representations). His Portrait underlines television's own lack of specificity, and in many ways, points to T.V.'s hidden agendas. Finally Diana Formisano redirects the practice of appropriation through the simulation of the visual effects of television by manufacturing her own images with an analogue computer. These images are subsequently run through a monitor and photographed. Though, as Formisano says, her works are 'simulations of simulations of simulations,' their origins rest in her own subjectivity and thus signal an attempted renewal of concepts which, to date, have been nearly discredited: originality, subjectivity, and abstraction."

New Museum curator
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York