Doug Ischar | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Doug Ischar | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 05:02

Wednesday, March 3rd
Art Studio, Building 722
Room 165

Pushing the Lens: Conceptual Practices in Photography

Since the early 1990s, Doug Ischar's work has focused on the potentials of video and sound in ever more distilled manifestations. Following large multi-media installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996), Ischar turned to more minimal forms. His 1997 project for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as locale for a multimedia meditation on adolescent homosexual desire. 

His 2001 work, ground, uses twenty-four channels of audio to replicate the sound of a gallery floor being swept. His 2005 public installation, Water Music, explores the relationship between personal and artistic histories of the Pacific Rim cultures in which Ischar lived as a child. 

Since 2007, Ischar has been producing single-channel videos around issues of cross-generational male intimacy and psychological/social loss. These include Back the Way He Came (2006), Bask (2007), brb (2007), and Forget Him (2009).  During his lecture at UC Irvine Ischar will screen a new video that explores the lives of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Maria Callas as they intersected during the making of Medea.

Ischar is the recipient of an NEA award.  His work has been exhibited at Photographers Gallery, London; LACE and MIT among many others.  Ischar received his MFA from CalArts and he is currently Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC).