Christoph Draeger's "Destroying LA"

June 5th - August 22nd | Reception Friday June 5th 5pm-9:30pm

Opening festivities are sponsored by Bombay Saphire Gin


Young Projects and the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, are pleased to present the first survey of Christoph Draeger's video work in the US.

Draeger’s extensive and multidisciplinary practice includes photography, installations, sculpture, video and film. Much of it deals directly with popular cinema and its affects, often focusing exclusively on cinematic violence and the representation of destruction. He is perhaps best known for pioneering the amateur-style “re-make”, where everyday people reenact particularly emblematic scenes from well-known films.

The exhibition at Young Projects will feature a selection of his best works from the past 20 years including his latest two-channel work, the eponymous “Destroying LA” (2014), which combines essay-style filmmaking with reenactments to explore Hollywood’s conspicuous obsession with its own physical destruction.

Other works in the exhibition include the artist’s highly acclaimed "Feel Lucky, Punk??!"(1997-2000), a series from the late 1990's of five “remakes” of famous cinematic hold-ups and "Schizo Redux" (2004), a full-length feature film that super-imposes Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” from 1960 on top of Gus van Sant’s ‘shot-for-shot’ remake of the same film from 1998 in glorious VHS quality - an idea that Steven Soderbergh picked up, albeit less stringently, ten years later. The show will also present "The Last News" (2002), a video work in collaboration with Reynold Reynolds that is still regarded as one of the most acidic and controversial post 9-11 artworks ever produced.

Given the artist's exploration of Hollywood imagery, Young Projects is pleased to be presenting it in Los Angeles for the first time.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Christoph Draeger lives in New York and Vienna, Austria. Draeger’s work has been the subject of solo shows at numerous institutions worldwide. They include: Kunsthaus Zürich/Switzerland, OK Center for Contemporary Art Linz/Austria, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/Switzerland, Centre d'Art Contemporain Yverdon/Switzerland, Centre d'Art Contemporain Ibos Tarbes/France, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg/Germany, Kunsthalle Arbon/Switzerland. He participated in group shows at P.S. 1, the New Museum, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum and the Whitney Museum, Kunstwerke Berlin, Musée d'Art moderne Les Abattoirs Toulouse/France, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Montevideo in Amsterdam, the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven NL, and the 2013 Venice Biennial, the Moscow Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, the Kwangju Biennial, among many others

Draeger’s work can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York; the Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée d'Art moderne Les Abattoirs Toulouse/France, among others

Mr. Draeger will be in attendence at the opening

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