“Studies For Three Films: Bb/Spook House/Kranky Klaus“

October 6 – November 18, 2005


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Cameron Jamie was born in 1969 in Los Angeles. He lives and works in Paris. Recent exhibitions include: Goldoni Theatre – Venice, Salzburger Kunstverein – Salzburg, The Wrong Gallery – New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco, Centre National de L’Estampe et de L’Art Imprimé – Chatou, O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst – Linz.


Cameron Jamie will be designing a specific installation for the Bernier-Eliades Gallery, and will be showing studies for three of his films: BB, which records suburban LA teenagers creating their own backyard wrestling events; SPOOK HOUSE, about Halloween in the Detroit area, which offers an analysis of pathological expressions of violence, death and horror at the margins of American culture; and KRANKY KLAUS, a film that is about the Krampus (hairy beasts with horns that give naughty children what they deserve) part of the celebrations for St. Nicholas’s day in Salzburg’s Gastein Valley.


Cameron Jamie’s work – a blend of video, sound, performance, photography, and drawing- deals with European and American history and culture, and investigates their violent suburban rituals. Jamie’s sharp critical gaze often focuses on dysfunctional manifestations and practices in popular culture and their impact on everyday life and the psyche. His intricate work has its background in the artist’s own folklore and mythologies. Using the suburban culture as a case study, he analyzes how structures of mythology are shaped and shared and the extent to which they participate in the creation of individuals’ fictional worlds and fictional selves.