A VHS of Reality Bites (1994) is recast as a series of eight works. Read the Artforum Critics' Pick and an Interview.

 

UNWRAPPING "REALITY BITES" ON VHS, 2015
Single-Channel, HD Video, Color, Sound, 10:25 min


I KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT (DEFINE IRONY), 2015
Single-Channel, HD Video, Color, Sound, 34:33 min

Forty-five women are challenged to "define irony" in the same span of time given to Winona's Ryder in "Reality Bites".


EVIAN IS NAIVE SPELLED BACKWARDS, 2015
Double-Sided, Archival Inkjet Print, 3 x 160 inches

Dialogue from the film "Reality Bites" is repurposed as instructions for capturing anonymous internet laborers' self-portraits. In response to these instructions, two categories of images were received from workers: sincerely rendered portraits and random jpgs. A selection of these images, eighty in total, and accompanying text are printed as a two-sided, adjoined, and absurdly long register receipt. 

{RECEIPT TEXT]

 


LINE IN THE SANDS OF COOLNESS,  2015
Two Silk Screen Prints on Paper, Metal Stand, 50 x 22.5 x 10 inches

 

Dialogue:

"Have I stepped over some line in the sands of coolness with you?"
- Michael



 


1-804-410-KNOW, 2015
Single-Channel SD Video, Color, Sound, 01:27 seconds

The opening sequence of Reality Bites is reconstituted into an advertisement for a pay-per-call phone line. When contacted a response is sent by text message that echoes the original script.

[VIDEO CAPTIONS]

♪ MUSIC ♪

(WOMAN) THEY WONDER WHY WE REFUSE TO WORK AN EIGHTY HOUR WEEK JUST SO WE CAN AFFORD TO BUY THEIR BMWS.

WHY WE AREN"T INTERESTED IN THE COUNTERCULTURE THAT THEY INVENTED AS IF WE DID NOT SEE THEM DISEMBOWEL THEIR REVOLUTION FOR A PAIR OF RUNNING SHOES.

BUT THE QUESTION REMAINS: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW? HOW CAN WE REPAIR ALL THE DAMAGE WE INHERITED?

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE.

THE ANSWER IS

THE ANSWER IS


MAKE A DIFFERENCE / BUY A COKE, 2015
Rubber, Two-Faced, JFK Coin (1994, Gold-Plated), 4 x 8.5 inches.

 

Dialogue:

"I know this sounds cornball, but I'd like to somehow make a difference in people's lives"
- Lelaina

"And I would like to buy them all a coke"
- Troy


DEAL WITH THE RESULTS (HIV), 2015
Single-Channel SD Video, Color,
Silent, 03:03 seconds

The letters HIV are embedded in television static as a stereogram, or "magic eye" illusion.

 

Dialogue:

"Every time I sneeze it's like I'm four sneezes away from the hospice. And it's like it's not even happening to me. It's like I'm watching it on some crappy show."
- Vickie

"You're gonna have to deal with the results. Whatever they are, we're gonna have to deal with them."
- Lelaina

 

 


REALITY BITES, 2012
Archival Inkjet Print,  Wooden Tacks, 33 x 47 inches



Works in this series were supported by the Mondriaan Fund and CBK Rotterdam
(Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam).