Harry Dodge andStanya Kahn Video/Performance Artists
The two fist met in 1993 in San Francisco, where they were both part of a do-it-yourself, identity-obsessed performance scene.
Dodge directs and typically shoots the films while Kahn performs in front of the camera.
Dodge and Kahn use humor as a mask for more philosophical ideas in most of their films. • Work brings intimate and improvised performance into video art.
Winner • Their first film, “Winner,” features Ms. Kahn as Lois, a struggling artist who has just won a cruise through a radio call-in contest and is expected to give the cameraman who has tracked her down one good sound bite about how excited she is.
“One of the things I love is when a performance is so authentic and/or vulnerable that it pierces the skin, the air, the things that mediate between people.”
Latest Work • Recent work has more of a vague narrative that employs the use of ambiguous characters.
List of Works • All Together Now (2008) • Can't Swallow It, Can't Spit It Out (2006) • Masters of None (2006) • The Ugly Truth (2006) • Let the Good Times Roll (2004) • Whacker (2005) • Winner (2002)
What were the names of the two artists we just looked at? • Harriet Tubman and Genghis Kahn • Dirty Harry and Crazy Mary • Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn
What medium do Dodge and Kahn work in? • Painting and Drawing • Film and Performance • Photography and Sculpture
According to the presentation, MOST of their films are usually ….. • Angry and senseless • Cheerful and Ditsy • Humorous and Philosophical