Owen Land
American, 1944-2011
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.

Owen Land, who later changed his name to George Landow for no known reasons, is an artist and pioneering filmmaker from the emergence of the Structural film movement and the second wave of American avant-garde cinema. Though film was his primary medium, Land was keen to stress his background as a painter, and drew inspiration for his works from such diverse sources as advertising images, television, and instructional films. Land was a virtuosic manipulator of visual and verbal puns, wit, and irony; he wanted to use his work to explore the illusory nature of images and words, and to demonstrate “the arbitrariness of all information.” Land was a one-time assistant to Gregory Markopoulos, mentored by Stan Brakhage, and discovered by Jonas Mekas at the age of 20.

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