Bas jan Ader, born in 1942 and apparently lost at sea in 1975, was an important Dutch video and conceptual artist. In 1975, he attempted to sail across the Atlantic and disappeared in a thirteen-foot sailboat. In this compilation of works by Ader, you can watch his silent films in which he is the main subject. The first time I saw these videos, I couldn't stop thinking about them all day. The situations in the videos are simple, even mundane, but depicted in a way that feels deeply haunting. Ader holds onto a tree branch and hangs above a pond in one video, and he slowly leans to one side as he begins to lose his balance in another. These simple gestures get deep under my skin because of the way they're portrayed so seriosuly, in complete silence.
Warning: flashing lights. Artist Myron Ort makes some pretty interesting psychedelic videos. Psychedelic series 1968-1972: "OM II" utilizes experimental film techniques such as multiple exposure and optical printing. Ort also painted on his film, adding to the surreal nature of his artwork. If you have some spare time to let your mind wander today, then… READ THE REST
I felt like I had taken a drug the first time I watched I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much by the one and only Pipilotti Rist. Rist is an installation and video artist who makes work about the female body, which she often depicts through a surreal or abstract lense. "I'm Not The Girl… READ THE REST
Filmmaker Maya Deren was truly ahead of her time. Deren was a Ukrainian born American artist, whose contributions to film played an important and early role in the avant garde. Deren believed that the point of film was to create an experience for the viewer. Her idea of film as an experience is beautifully conveyed… READ THE REST
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We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Chances are, you're in the throes of holiday shopping right now, which means there's also a chance you have someone on your list that you have no idea what to get.… READ THE REST