Best Video Artist Based in a Bar - 2008
If you happen to wander into a cozy bar in Prospect Heights called Freddie?s, one of the first things you?ll notice are the small screens along the wall displaying a series of bizarre images. Even if you venture into the adjacent music area, you?re still greeted by these extended video collages. By then, you?ve found the work of Donald O?Finn. His ?bar tapes? can run for two hours?culled from obscure horror and sci-fi movies, commercials, and found footage; snatched with VCRs and Tivo; and processed through video switchers and effects mixers. In raw form, this hilarious, psychedelic mix of consumer culture and lo-fi kitsch appear on his TV Dreams cable show, while some of the material is also honed down to a few minutes for his ?art pieces,? which have found their way into Anthology Film Archives, Galapagos Art Space, and D.C.?s Hirschon Museum of Art.