Want to learn more about the artist behind “The Last Pictures” Trevor Paglen? Here are some facts:
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Paglen grew up around top-secret projects. His father was an Air Force doctor who treated spy-plane pilots. “One day we drove a friend’s dad to work. We drove him to the middle of a cornfield, he got out and walked into the corn,” Paglen recalls.
A common theme in a lot of Paglen’s work is the military’s “black world,” a $27 billion top-secret industry that has quietly grown by almost 50 percent since 9/11.
Paglen spent the better part of the 1990s playing bass and sampler in an avant-garde band called Noisegate, and recieved an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
On a solo expedition in the desert, Paglen once got stuck in quicksand for two days.
Works Paglen has displayed in art galleries include images of classified air bases, code names of active military programs, signatures from non-existent people created by the CIA as “sterile identities,” and patches from Pentagon black-ops units.
Artist Bio: Mads Lynnerup (b. 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark) Mads Lynnerup uses a variety of media to create humorous and poignant works based on observations of his immediate environment. In his video for MTV, Astrobright (Fake and Temporary), Lynnerup focuses on the antithetical landscapes of contemporary art and fitness, finding that these seemingly disparate worlds are, in reality, both obsessive and fanatic in their own way. As an artist who recently started a personal exercise regime of his own, Lynnerup is fascinated with how pieces of generic gym equipment look and operate as objects in fitness centers. This seemingly mundane observation is a launching point for the artist’s ongoing attempt to break open the static nature of art objects displayed in galleries and museums. For his Art Breaks piece, Lynnerup worked with his own personal trainer, Tim Adams, to create a series of short fitness routines outside of the gym environment. Lynnerup recently earned an MFA from Columbia University in New York and has shown his work nationally and internationally at such venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; MoMA PS1, NY; and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland.