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Mod Lang

© Estate of Jeremy Blake

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© Estate of Jeremy Blake

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jeremy Blake

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jeremy Blake

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jeremy Blake

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jeremy Blake

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jeremy Blake

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jeremy Blake

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Jeremy Blake

American, 1971-2007

Mod Lang, 2001

color digital animation on DVD, sound

Edition: 8/8 plus 1 artist's proof

running time: 16 minutes, continuous loop

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Sherman S. Jewett Fund, Charlotte A. Watson Fund, Gift of the Winfield Foundation and Fellows for Life Fund, by exchange, 2007

2007:29

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Inscriptions

signature, undated / Master DVD, label / Jeremy Blake
edition notation / Master DVD, label / 8/8
inscription / Collector's Viewing DVD, label / collector's viewing copy
edition notation / Collector's Viewing DVD, label / 8/8

Provenance

the artist;
Kinz, Tillou + Feigen, New York;
December 17, 2007, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Video art

Work Type

Video art

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Jeremy Blake is best remembered for his seamless merging of painterly efforts with digital imagery. Mod Lang is the first in a three-part series—with Berkshire Fangs, 2001, and Chemical Sundown, 2001—of digitally animated works loosely based on the life of Blake’s fictional protagonist Keith “Slick” Rhoades, a rebellious, working-class youth who recalls Jimmy Cooper from The Who’s epic rock opera Quadrophenia, 1973. Living in the mid-1960s, Rhoades is smart and yet naïve; he flails about in the world with eyes wide open and a pocket full of mind-altering substances. When he wrecks his scooter on a rainy London night and suffers brain damage, he sets out to design his own brand of visionary architecture.

Mod Lang represents the architectural structure for an experimental house that was Rhoades’s first project after his accident. Its imagery is reminiscent of the abstract works of Color Field painters such as Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Mark Rothko. Blake commented that he used “abstraction to haunt representational space. Mixing architectural and abstract imagery into a kind of time-based, painterly hallucination is the most satisfying way I’ve found to represent the uncanny.” Mod Lang also incorporates suspenseful musical cues, which, Blake added, “function as mood control” and are meant to be “extremely disorienting when used in a largely abstract, time-based artwork.”

Label from DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012, August 21, 2012–January 6, 2013

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