Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Double Face Fantasy (2010), a new collaborative video by Brooklyn-based artists Jason Robert Bell and Marni Kotak; July 31 – September 6, 2010. The video will be installed in the window of the gallery, running continuously, and is best viewed after dark from the sidewalk.
Initially conceived as a playful experiment in chroma key techniques, Double Face Fantasy fuses the artists’ painting and performance practices with explorations of romance, portraiture, and narcissism. Presented as a moving diptych, each artist finger paints the other’s face, revealing a self-portrait of the painter. Using the application of paint to uncover flesh, the lovers find themselves quite literally emerging through the eyes of their soulmate. The messy sensuality of this play showcases their obvious pleasure, but also probes deeper issues of connection, self, and spiritual union. Double Face Fantasy is five and a half minutes in length and the title pays homage to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s final record, Double Fantasy.