Owen Land | the artist




The artist Owen Land
Born 1944, New Haven, Massachussettes, USA.
Died June 8 2011 Los Angeles, California, USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Video, Sydney Biennale,

Some of his most influential films include: Film in Which there Appear Edge Lettering, Dirt Particles, Sprocket Holes etc., 1969, A Film of their 1973 Spring Tour as Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front, 1974, Wide Angle Saxon, 1975, On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious, 1977-1979, Undesirables, 1999, and Dialogues, 2009.


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Owen Land was born as George Landow. Land’s films from the 1960’s and 1970’s are commonly seen as part of the most important and penetrating work from that episode.
American artist and filmmaker Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow). A former assistant to Gregory Markopoulos and mentored by Stan Brakhage, Land has gained a solid reputation among cinema enthusiasts for his films made during the 1960s and 1970s. His work was associated with the earliest examples of the so-called ‘structural’ film movement, when Land worked alongside filmmakers like Michael Snow, Hollis Frampton and Paul Sharits, though he distanced himself from this context very early on. According to film historian P. Adams Sitney, Owen Land created “some of the most radical, super-real and haunting images the cinema has ever given to us.”
American artist and filmmaker Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow). A former assistant to Gregory Markopoulos and mentored by Stan Brakhage, Land has gained a solid reputation among cinema enthusiasts for his films made during the 1960s and 1970s. His work was associated with the earliest examples of the so-called ‘structural’ film movement, when Land worked alongside filmmakers like Michael Snow, Hollis Frampton and Paul Sharits, though he distanced himself from this context very early on. Land himself stresses his education as a painter and his early efforts recalling Abstract Expressionist painting through exposing the physical properties of celluloid (Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc., 1965-1966). His visual genius was paired with sophisticated wordplay in his subsequent output. Inspired by educational film (Remedial Reading Comprehension, 1970), advertisement and television, Land parodies the experimental and structural film-movement itself, as is manifest in his 1975 Wide Angle Saxon. Virtuosity in the use of Duchampian double entendres, puns and wit, make these films hilarious at times, and gave Land a special status in the then burgeoning American avant-garde cinema…
George Landow, who changed his name to Owen Land sometime in the late 1970s, was born and raised in Connecticut, USA, and received formal studies in drawing, painting, sculpture, and industrial design at Pratt Institute, Art Student’s League of New York, and New York Academy of Art. He graduated with an MFA in painting from New York Academy of Art. He later studied acting and acting improvisation at Goodman Drama School and Second City, Chicago…


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