James Coleman (b. 1941)

Irish, b. 1941

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James Coleman (b. 1941)

Irish, b. 1941

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Installation and video artist James Coleman is known for his slide-tape projections, sequences of still images shown with synchronized audio. His works define perception as determined by time, space, or psychological and social conditioning. In Charon (MIT) (1989), Coleman narrates 14 vignettes from his life, repeatedly confronting the lack of fit between image and reality (for example, while shooting “dream homes” for interior magazines). Seeing for Oneself (1987–88), a gothic tale of a woman’s poisoning is similarly skeptical, conflating shot and reaction shot in the same slide in an absurdist revision of cinematic convention.

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Installation and video artist James Coleman is known for his slide-tape projections, sequences of still images shown with synchronized audio. His works define perception as determined by time, space, or psychological and social conditioning. In Charon (MIT) (1989), Coleman narrates 14 vignettes from his life, repeatedly confronting the lack of fit between image and reality (for example, while shooting “dream homes” for interior magazines). Seeing for Oneself (1987–88), a gothic tale of a woman’s poisoning is similarly skeptical, conflating shot and reaction shot in the same slide in an absurdist revision of cinematic convention.

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