About

MTV’s Art Breaks, curated by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, is a video series featuring ascendant visual artists. The program updates MTV’s legacy of working with vanguard visionaries like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Doug Aitken. The first five videos in the new series come from Mickalene Thomas, Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Mads Lynnerup and Jani Ruscica. Our most recent artists include Guido van der Werve, Andrew Kuo, Cody Critcheloe, Divya Mehra and Sema Bekirovic.

Cody Critcheloe (SSION)

Sometimes I Think About You Every Day, 2012.

Additional Credits:

Written and Directed: Cody Critcheloe

Produced: Cody Critcheloe and J Ashley Miller

Animation: Daniel Goggin and Sean McKeon

Editing: Drew Bolton

Production Manager: Megan Mantia

Lighting: Zach Van Benthusen

Production Assistance: Kevin Schowengerdt and Brock Potucek

Co-starring: Nelli and Lee Heinemann

Shot at MK12 Studios in Kansas City, MO.

Websites:

SSION.com

hardlandmanagement.com

t3eth.com

wazuband.com

Artist Cody Critcheloe SSION Art Breaks MTV

SSION

PSY-CHIC, 2012.

Additional Credits:

Written and Directed: Cody Critcheloe

Produced: Cody Critcheloe and J Ashley Miller

Animation: Daniel Goggin and Sean McKeon

Editing: Drew Bolton

Production Manager: Megan Mantia

Lighting: Zach Van Benthusen

Production Assistance: Kevin Schowengerdt and Brock Potucek

Co-starring: Nelli and Lee Heinemann

Shot at MK12 Studios in Kansas City, MO.

Websites:

SSION.com

hardlandmanagement.com

t3eth.com

wazuband.com

Artist Art Breaks MTV Cody Critcheloe SSION

Divya Mehra

On Tragedy (Did you hear the one about the Indian?), 2012.

Additional Credits:

Director: Divya Mehra

Producer: David Guinan

Director of Photography: Matthew Nauser 

Assistant Camera: Alex Hadjiloukas

Still Photographer: Liz Magic Laser

Production Assistant: Richard Bailey

Production Assistant: Lizzie Micek

Hair and Make Up: KT Jarvis   

Thanks to:

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Artist Art Breaks MTV Divya Mehra

Guido van der Werve (b. 1977, Papendrecht, NL)
Guido van der Werve’s films situate the artist as protagonist, with his own piano performances paired with romantic landscapes and sentimental narrative text.  For his Art Breaks video, van der Werve presents an image of the artist sitting behind a piano in a vast landscape, next to a pipe gushing water to a height of 80 meters at the exact volume of tears that are cried per second in the world. On average, people cry 65.1 liters over the course of their lives; taking the world population and average life expectancy into account, this translates to a total volume of 211.5 liters per second. Van der Werve’s work received the René Coelho Award from the Netherlands Media Institute in 2003.  Recent exhibitions of his work include solo exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, de Hallen Haarlem in the Netherlands and the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland as well as a presentation of his latest film Nummer twaalf at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 
Guido van der Werve currently lives and works in Finland and Amsterdam. 
Website:
www.roofvogel.org

Guido van der Werve (b. 1977, Papendrecht, NL)

Guido van der Werve’s films situate the artist as protagonist, with his own piano performances paired with romantic landscapes and sentimental narrative text.  For his Art Breaks video, van der Werve presents an image of the artist sitting behind a piano in a vast landscape, next to a pipe gushing water to a height of 80 meters at the exact volume of tears that are cried per second in the world. On average, people cry 65.1 liters over the course of their lives; taking the world population and average life expectancy into account, this translates to a total volume of 211.5 liters per second. Van der Werve’s work received the René Coelho Award from the Netherlands Media Institute in 2003.  Recent exhibitions of his work include solo exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, de Hallen Haarlem in the Netherlands and the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland as well as a presentation of his latest film Nummer twaalf at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

Guido van der Werve currently lives and works in Finland and Amsterdam. 

Website:

www.roofvogel.org

Artist Art Breaks MTV Guido van der Werve

Andrew Kuo (b. 1977, Queens, NY)
Andrew Kuo obsessively compiles data on musical events and personal experiences through humorous and vibrant abstractions in the form of meticulously drawn diagrams. For Art Breaks, Kuo uses video to present a new graphic in the form of cable interface.  His film, entitled Now and Later, is inspired by artist Chris Burden’s work Through the Night Softly, which aired during commercial breaks on a local LA television station for the duration of one month in 1973. In Now and Later, Kuo presents a digital menu that, as it scrolls, reveals a series of channels, titles and summaries that together tell a story. As previous viewers of his work will find familiar, Kuo’s text encourages closer inspection to piece together the narrative. Andrew Kuo’s iconographics regularly appear in the New York Times music section. His work has appeared in solo exhibitions at Taxter and Spengemann, New York, Franklin Art Work, Minneapolis, and Artists Space, New York.  Recent group exhibitions include shows at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, and Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. Kuo’s upcoming solo exhibition will open in January 2013 at Marlborough Gallery in New York.
Andrew Kuo lives and works in New York, NY.
Articles And Links: 
The New York Times Art Beats: Andrew Kuo
Marlborough Chelsea Gallery

Andrew Kuo (b. 1977, Queens, NY)

Andrew Kuo obsessively compiles data on musical events and personal experiences through humorous and vibrant abstractions in the form of meticulously drawn diagrams. For Art Breaks, Kuo uses video to present a new graphic in the form of cable interface.  His film, entitled Now and Later, is inspired by artist Chris Burden’s work Through the Night Softly, which aired during commercial breaks on a local LA television station for the duration of one month in 1973. In Now and Later, Kuo presents a digital menu that, as it scrolls, reveals a series of channels, titles and summaries that together tell a story. As previous viewers of his work will find familiar, Kuo’s text encourages closer inspection to piece together the narrative. Andrew Kuo’s iconographics regularly appear in the New York Times music section. His work has appeared in solo exhibitions at Taxter and Spengemann, New York, Franklin Art Work, Minneapolis, and Artists Space, New York.  Recent group exhibitions include shows at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, and Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. Kuo’s upcoming solo exhibition will open in January 2013 at Marlborough Gallery in New York.

Andrew Kuo lives and works in New York, NY.

Articles And Links: 

The New York Times Art Beats: Andrew Kuo

Marlborough Chelsea Gallery

Artist Art Breaks MTV Andrew Kuo

Cody Critcheloe (SSION) (b. 1981, Lewisport, Kentucky)
Cody Critcheloe straddles the world of visual art and music through his elaborate performances, videos, and as the front man of SSION, a musical group founded in 1996. Often involving characters placed in constructed modern tragedies, Critcheloe’s animated videos and stage presentations tackle such issues as gender, sexuality, power, loneliness, and revenge, utilizing humorous satire and DIY set design aesthetics. SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY presents an internet induced, neon narrative where SSION meets his long-lost lover half within the depths of a technological landscape. As a modern alliance turns into a modern trap, man’s best friend is a casualty in this tale of the struggle between good and evil. Cricheloe’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at Peres Projects, Los Angeles, Grand Arts, Kansas City, and the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. SSION’s new album is set for release in September 2012. 
Cody Cricheloe lives and works in Kansas City, MO and Brooklyn, NY.
Website:
www.ssion.com

Cody Critcheloe (SSION) (b. 1981, Lewisport, Kentucky)

Cody Critcheloe straddles the world of visual art and music through his elaborate performances, videos, and as the front man of SSION, a musical group founded in 1996. Often involving characters placed in constructed modern tragedies, Critcheloe’s animated videos and stage presentations tackle such issues as gender, sexuality, power, loneliness, and revenge, utilizing humorous satire and DIY set design aesthetics. SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY presents an internet induced, neon narrative where SSION meets his long-lost lover half within the depths of a technological landscape. As a modern alliance turns into a modern trap, man’s best friend is a casualty in this tale of the struggle between good and evil. Cricheloe’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at Peres Projects, Los Angeles, Grand Arts, Kansas City, and the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. SSION’s new album is set for release in September 2012. 

Cody Cricheloe lives and works in Kansas City, MO and Brooklyn, NY.

Website:

www.ssion.com

Artist MTV Art Breaks SSION Cody Cricheloe

Divya Mehra (b. 1981, Winnepeg, Canada)
Divya Mehra’s multimedia work incorporates comedic and often slapstick elements in order to address issues of cultural identity, displacement, and appropriation. For Art Breaks, Mehra uses artist Richard Prince’s original Art Breaks video from 1985 as a point of departure. In that earlier video, Prince, dressed in a white shirt and dress pants nonchalantly turns to address the camera, smiles, and then delivers a short monologue convincing the youth-of-the-time to stay home—if, and only if, they are equipped with Art and MTV. The gag playfully subverts and references the popular slogan ‘Don’t Leave Home Without It’, coined for American Express commercials. Like Prince, in her video Mehra appears dressed in a white ensemble, standing directly in front of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. After purchasing an ice cream cone from a vendor, the ice cream topples over due to its exaggerated height, ruining her clothing and leaving the viewer with a sense of her personal frustration. In this sense, the work fails before it even begins; the connection established between Mehra, an emerging female artist whose personal history lies intertwined in the post-partition South Asian Diaspora, and well-known male artist Richard Prince, evokes the humorous relationship between Danny DeVito’s and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s characters in the 1988 blockbuster movie Twins. Mehra’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions and screenings across the US and overseas, most notably at The Queens Museum of Art and The Guild Art Gallery in New York (2009, 2010), the Beijing 798 Biennale (2009), Plug In ICA in Winnipeg, Canada (2009), and Gallery OED in Cochin, India (2009). Since 2006, she has also been the recipient of various grants and fellowships.
Divya Mehra currently lives and works in Winnepeg, Manitoba. 
Website:
www.divyamehra.com

Divya Mehra (b. 1981, Winnepeg, Canada)

Divya Mehra’s multimedia work incorporates comedic and often slapstick elements in order to address issues of cultural identity, displacement, and appropriation. For Art Breaks, Mehra uses artist Richard Prince’s original Art Breaks video from 1985 as a point of departure. In that earlier video, Prince, dressed in a white shirt and dress pants nonchalantly turns to address the camera, smiles, and then delivers a short monologue convincing the youth-of-the-time to stay home—if, and only if, they are equipped with Art and MTV. The gag playfully subverts and references the popular slogan ‘Don’t Leave Home Without It’, coined for American Express commercials. Like Prince, in her video Mehra appears dressed in a white ensemble, standing directly in front of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. After purchasing an ice cream cone from a vendor, the ice cream topples over due to its exaggerated height, ruining her clothing and leaving the viewer with a sense of her personal frustration. In this sense, the work fails before it even begins; the connection established between Mehra, an emerging female artist whose personal history lies intertwined in the post-partition South Asian Diaspora, and well-known male artist Richard Prince, evokes the humorous relationship between Danny DeVito’s and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s characters in the 1988 blockbuster movie Twins. Mehra’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions and screenings across the US and overseas, most notably at The Queens Museum of Art and The Guild Art Gallery in New York (2009, 2010), the Beijing 798 Biennale (2009), Plug In ICA in Winnipeg, Canada (2009), and Gallery OED in Cochin, India (2009). Since 2006, she has also been the recipient of various grants and fellowships.

Divya Mehra currently lives and works in Winnepeg, Manitoba. 

Website:

www.divyamehra.com

Artist Art Breaks MTV Divya Mehra