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TIM ROSEBOROUGHPortrait Of Jason II: Rebirth Of The B*tch

Single Channel Video, Sound

On View:
August 19, 2010 – September 10, 2010

Opening Reception:
Thursday August 19, 2010
6 pm - 9 pm

Portrait Of Jason II

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Digital artist Tim Roseborough pays homage to an icon of avant-garde American cinema in his new feature-length video, "Portrait of Jason II: Rebirth of the B*tch" at Scenius Gallery. Shirley Clarke's 1967 documentary, "Portrait of Jason," chronicles the musings of Jason Holliday, an African-American man and self-avowed "stone whore" over the course of an evening in late 1960s New York City. Roseborough's video is a playfully serious "sequel:" an extrapolation and (re-) evaluation of this landmark film, in which the artist revives the spirit of Holliday.

Shirley Clarke's 1967 documentary, "Portrait of Jason," chronicles the musings of Jason Holliday, an African-American man and self-avowed "stone whore" over the course of an evening in late 1960s New York City. Roseborough's video is a playfully serious "sequel:" an extrapolation and (re-) evaluation of this landmark film, in which the artist revives the spirit of Holliday.

"The often repeated charge that Jason Holliday was no more than an 'middle-aged black homosexual prostitute' reduces the richness of experience and character of the subject of this film to facile stereotypes. "Portrait of Jason II" is neither scripted nor extemporaneous, fiction nor documentary. By blurring the lines between of self-confessional truth and acting, performance and reality, I seek to add another layer to an already complexly constructed film personality. With this video, I give Jason Holliday the final word," says the artist.

"Portrait of Jason II" is on display from August 17 to September 10, 2010. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2010, 6 pm to 9 pm. Admission is Free. Scenius is located at 3150 18th Street, #104, San Francisco, CA 94110. Call (415) 420-2509 or visit www.scenius.com for more information.

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