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Gretchen Bender

American, 1951–2004

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Gretchen Bender

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American, 1951–2004

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Gretchen Bender emerged alongside the Pictures Generation in New York, but turned her focus toward audiovisual production instead of print, critiquing televised media. Her video works assume the form and style of corporate-controlled broadcast television, appropriating its images to highlight the politics of mediation in the contemporary world. “I’ll mimic the media—but I’ll turn up the voltage on the currents so high that hopefully it will blast criticality out there,” Bender has said. Her major 1987 work Total Recall is a 24-monitor multi-channel piece of “electronic theater.” The work barrages the viewer with clips of advertisements, Hollywood films, commercial animations, and corporate logos. Bender’s framing highlights the power endowed in these images, and in the way they assault the viewer, she suggests the violence of corporate media.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Biography

Gretchen Bender emerged alongside the Pictures Generation in New York, but turned her focus toward audiovisual production instead of print, critiquing televised media. Her video works assume the form and style of corporate-controlled broadcast television, appropriating its images to highlight the politics of mediation in the contemporary world. “I’ll mimic the media—but I’ll turn up the voltage on the currents so high that hopefully it will blast criticality out there,” Bender has said. Her major 1987 work Total Recall is a 24-monitor multi-channel piece of “electronic theater.” The work barrages the viewer with clips of advertisements, Hollywood films, commercial animations, and corporate logos. Bender’s framing highlights the power endowed in these images, and in the way they assault the viewer, she suggests the violence of corporate media.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Shows Featuring Gretchen Bender
Articles Featuring Gretchen Bender
Pioneering Video Artist Gretchen Bender Predicted Our Obsession with Screens
May 22nd, 2019
Pioneering Video Artist Gretchen Bender Predicted Our Obsession with Screens
How the Glitz and Excess of the 1980s Shaped Contemporary Art
Feb 21st, 2018
How the Glitz and Excess of the 1980s Shaped Contemporary Art
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