David Horvitz
Rarely Seen Bas Jan Ader Film
June 27 - August 8, 2009


In 2007 a video of a few second black and white film was uploaded to Youtube with the title, "Rarely Seen Bas Jan Ader Film." The black and white film depicted a figure biking into the ocean. The posting claimed that the film was found in Ader's locker at UC Irvine after his disappearance at sea in 1975, and that the film was assumed unusable because it abruptly runs out just as the figure enters the water. Responding to a complaint by a thirdparty, Youtube deleted the posted video, saying that "this material is infringing."

The video, uploaded by David Horvitz, played in the ambiguous space of lore and legend generated by Ader's disappearance. After an exchange of emails between Horvitz and Patrick Painter Gallery (who represents Ader's estate), and Horvitz's refusal to delete or rename the video, it was deleted. It was then re-uploaded the next day.

The exhibition includes a looping video of the film clip, the book, and a free newsprint of a photograph of the sea from the location of Ader's intended location of arrival. The book is printed as a flip book using still images from the video/film. An open edition of burned DVDs will also be available. The video file is also available for free download.

On Thursday, July 2, a book signing will occur at sunset on the Hudson River in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. For a map to the exact location, visit Horvitz's site.

For an interesting read about Ader, Patrick Painter Gallery, and the creation of posthumous works, see the article, In dreams begin responsibilities by Wade Saunders, Art in America, Feb 2004.


Artslant/Sarah-Neel Smith
Los Angeles Times/Holly Myers



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