Conrad Ventur, ‘13 Most Beautiful: Screen Tests Revisited’, 2009-2011, Rokeby Gallery

Measures of change, distance, duration and memory are used as material in Conrad Ventur’s practice which takes the form of performance, photography, sculpture and video. Through his work Ventur attempts to explore the mythology of the past from the perspective of the present, investigating possibilities offered by the distribution & rediscovery of archival material in a digital age. In this work Ventur looks to the archive of Andy Warhol’s earliest forays into film based portraiture. Initially conceived as quotations, the original subjects of these film portraits have re-performed these films 45 years later. Subjects include Billy Name, Mario Montez, Ivy Nicholson, Ultraviolet, Bibbe Hansen, Pe- nelope Palmer, Jonas Mekas, Sally Kirkland, Randy Bourschied, Steve Balkin, Taylor Mead, John Giorno and Mary Woronov. The new works, captured on video, approximate the art-historical lighting, frame and playback speed of the originals.

Whitney Collection

About Conrad Ventur

Working within the media of photography and video for the last ten years, and more recently using installation, Conrad Ventur is interested in activating moving image archives, whether finding material online or looking at specific underground film archives and repositioning them in exhibition formats. He often brings together pioneers of living theater with a younger generation of performers in live and recorded environments. Ventur is most known for his re-creation of Andy Warhol’s screen tests using the same central figures from Warhol’s Factory studio.

American , b. 1977