Harry Shearer The Silent Echo Chamber

Exhibitions

Harry Shearer, Gergen/Wolf/Larry: The Silent Echo Chamber (still), 2008

Harry Shearer
The Silent Echo Chamber

Fri, Oct 9, 2009Sat, Jan 2, 2010
Repeats every day until Sat Jan 02 2010 .

See alarming, amusing, and surprising video clips found and assembled by comedian and satirist Harry Shearer in this lower lobby installation.

Shearer (b. 1943) is almost certainly best known to Wexner Center audiences as one of America's most prominent satirists. A writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s, he achieved comic/musical stardom as Derek Small of Spinal Tap, and voices a variety of characters on The Simpsons. His extensive acting credits run the gamut from the Spinal Tap films, A Mighty Wind, and The Truman Show to The Right Stuff. What viewers might not know is that Shearer has also exhibited video installation projects since the 1990s at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The Silent Echo Chamber (2008) is culled from the "Found Objects" Shearer has collected and aired on his web site (harryshearer.com). These video clips show well-known politicians and media personalities captured in the quiet moments before they "go live" in television appearances. You'll see glassy-eyed stares, fidgety jitters, and other unexpected private expressions, never intended for prime time. The Wexner Center's presentation, in the lower lobby, involves eight video monitors each showing unexpected and revealing clips from the 2008 presidential campaign.

Pick up a newspaper tabloid about this project at the center with comments on the piece by Shearer himself, online journalist Arianna Huffington, and art historian Robert Storr, plus comics by Garry Trudeau.

Exhibited courtesy of Susan Inglett Gallery.

Keep reading for complete image information.
1. Gergen/Wolf/Larry: The Silent Echo Chamber (still), 2008
Video
18 mins., 20 secs.

Courtesy of Susan Inglett Gallery, New York

2. Fox: The Silent Echo Chamber (still), 2008
Video
24 mins., 5 secs.

Courtesy of Susan Inglett Gallery, New York

3. Gergen/Wolf/Larry: The Silent Echo Chamber (still), 2008
Video
18 mins., 20 secs.

Courtesy of Susan Inglett Gallery, New York

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