Tuesday, October 1st, 2013· 765 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
CoWorker Projects is pleased to present 21 short films made between 2007 and 2013 by Bill Santen on Tuesday, October 2nd starting at 7PM at Subtwine. This collection will extend from Santen’s hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, to his current studio in City Island, the Bronx, to the outskirts of Amarillo, Texas. In 16mm film vignettes, we encounter the feeding of disembodied coin slots; spray-paint and iPhones at the Cadillac Ranch; a tennis match; a shipwreck; knives, milk, songs and color fields. As a collection of scenes, they hover between portraiture, symbolic dream-space and a sustained gesture of poking and prodding at the world’s surface.
Bill Santen earned his MFA from Columbia University in 2011 and his BA from the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts, in 2009. As the songwriter and musician Birddog, he has released five records on BMG Music and other independent labels, culminating with In the Night Kitchen (2004). In New York City, his films have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Queens Museum of Art, Thomas Erben Gallery, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Flux Factory and Court Square Project Space. Abroad, he has participated in exhibitions at the MASC Foundation (Vienna, Austria), the Overgaden Museum of Contemporary Art (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Wschodnia Gallery (Lodz, Poland). On October 27th, his film Portrait Studies with Brother Maximillian Kolbe will be screened at Court Square (Long Island City, New York). For more information on Bill Santen please visit his website.