with water damaged reels of 16mm vintage 1970’s adult films,
Havel selectively cut, scanned and collected stills to create expressive
works of art. The viewer is introduced to a fluid world of the entropic
effects of water and time on the film emulsion, creating fractal
pools and cracks that intertwine with slivers of images from the
film. The resulting images are mysterious and animated, colorful
and story telling, retroactive in appearance and contemporary in
color and concept.
Icebox Gallery presents:
“Open 24 Hours”,
an exhibition of work by Dan Havel.
8 PM to Midnight on January 19th, 2008.
Show continues thru Saturday March 6th, 2008.
SEE THE SHOW
Dan Havel, is a Minnesota
native who now lives in Houston, TX. He is best known for site-specific
installations that explore the visual and conceptual opportunities
in manmade and natural transformations of the world around us.
In 1993, Dan Havel was invited to create a site-specific installation
in an abandoned X - rated movie theater in downtown Houston. While
excavating the space, Havel found dozens of rusting film reels behind
the screen. The roof had long collapsed, and rainwater had damaged
the film emulsion. The reels were gathered and used as sculptural
elements in the lobby for the piece. Once disassembled, the reels
went back to Havel’s studio for 14 years.
During the past year, Havel has revisited these images and produced
a series of digital prints taken from scanning portions of the surviving
reels of film. With the help of digital and printing technology not
available in 1993, Havel has created striking digital prints that
introduce an intimate landscape of images altered by the effects
of the water-damaged emulsion. The colorful surfaces are cracked
and scratched, with fractals of pooled emulsion intertwining and
framing the various figures, stories, and locations in the films.
The work mixes the naughty and kitschy images of x-rated film plots
with the abstract expressionist exuberance of decay.
“Open 24 Hrs.” is a homecoming of sorts for Dan Havel.
Along with Icebox founder Howard Christopherson, Havel was part of
a group of artists who frontiered warehouse space in downtown Mpls.
in the early eighties. Havel and Christopherson shared studio spaces
in the Century Camera Building, now demolished. This lead them to North
East Minneapolis in the mid 80’s. Havel exhibited his work at
the infamous Riflesport Gallery at both locations before its demise.
In 1997, he created “Rendering”, an installation in the
old rendering room at the Soap Factory. Havel moved to
Houston, Texas in 1991 and currently lives there with his family.