Christian Jankowski: Us and Them
Inspired by juxtapositions of different worlds and subcultures, Christian Jankowski's conceptual work often involves non-artists such as televangelists, psychics, children, and therapists. An extension of Jankowski's previous experiments with commercial filmmaking conventions, "Us and Them," a seasonally-appropriate exhibit of new works including videos, film, photography and sculpture, explores the horror film genre "suggesting how cinematic visions of monstrosity and violence can also communicate broader notions of transformation, revenge, and redemption." Angels of Revenge (2006), a video and photography series, spotlights contestants from a costume contest at a horror film conference who were invited by Jankowski to his makeshift film studio in a hotel conference room and asked to write a letter to the person in their lives who had most betrayed, harmed, or offended them. Inspired by the production of a straight-to-DVD werewolf film, Lycan Theorized (2006), is a video and sculpture piece and his 16mm silent film, Playing Frankenstein (2006), features Jankowski challenging a Frankenstein impersonator to a game of chess.