Aligned with the 2016 Republican National Convention, MOCA Cleveland is pleased to present Political Advertisement VIII: 1952-2012, on view Monday, July 18 – Sunday, July 24. This ongoing anthology is 30 years in-the- making; artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese continue to update and expand their video series with each election cycle. Currently in its 8th edition, Political Advertisement presents a continuous stream of more than 102 television commercials spanning 60 years of electioneering without commentary.
Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese
Northeast Ohio independent filmmaker Richard Myers combines dreams with personal experiences in works that explore memory and the subconscious. Nonlinear and surreal, Myers’s films are whirlwinds of texture, light, shadow, and sound. Aberrations features four locally shot films from 1961 to 1984 alongside ephemera drawn from Myers’s personal archives.
Myopia is the first retrospective of the work of Mark Mothersbaugh, spanning the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. Born in Akron, OH, and co-founder of the New Wave band DEVO, Mothersbaugh has been making art for more than forty years—since before the band’s inception in the early 1970s.
Shana Moulton creates unexpected relationships between commercial and spiritual worlds in her colorful, surreal videos. Starring the artist and staged in artificial domestic sets, these works feature the protagonist in uncomfortable or anxious situations like having a stomach ache or being locked in a room. Consumer goods, advertising, and pop cultural artifacts such as book lights, ergonomic keyboards, prescription drug commercials, ASMR YouTube videos, and Enya songs become curious tools for attempting to solve her problems.