JJ PEET: THE VACANT AMERICAN

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

September 13 – October 29, 2017

Production | Acquisition Grant

This work was gifted to the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive through the support of VIA Art Fund.

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) commissioned artist JJ PEET (b. 1973) to produce two new video works, REGULATED VIEWING and FiLTER_ Animation, as the inaugural project for their new public art series On the Hour, curated by Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator. PEET’s videos ran on an hourly basis on an outdoor state-of-the-art LED screen mounted to the façade of the museum’s new Diller Scofidio + Benfro-Designed building and on their Theater Two indoor screen. Based in New York, PEET is a multi-talented artist, dexterously working with a wide range of materials, including ceramics, photography, video, and mixed-media installations. For this new commission, entitled THE VACANT AMERICAN, he spent a year traveling through the United States, documenting his discoveries with various kinds of cameras including Super 8 film, SLR animation, and drone cameras, while exploring pressing contemporary issues such as surveillance, the state of the environment, and America’s super-power status.

BAMPFA holds more than 20,000 objects and 17,500 films and videos across a variety of cultures and historical periods and offers one of the most distinguished and provocative exhibition programs in the U.S., reflecting the varied interests of UC Berkeley and San Francisco Bay Area communities. Their new outdoor LED screen and viewing plaza is a unique exhibition space that also serves as a community-gathering place for Berkeley’s downtown arts district.

For more information, visit BAMPFA.

Images 1-4: JJ PEET, still from REGULATED VIEWING, 2017. HD Video; color, silent; 28:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Images 5-6: JJ PEET, still from FiLTER_ Animation, 2017. HD Video; color, silent; 17:24 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.