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EILEEN MAXSON drowns in white walls and cable television, emerging on occasion to press record. Heavy-hearted and humorous, Maxson's videos record characters struggling with an unrequited love of television. These are women trapped in forgotten scraps of VHS, and frequently sabotaged by technical difficulties. She performs a rejected application to the Real World, a flustered meteorologist, silenced contest winner, and a protected witness, among others. Maxson's works have screened far and wide at museums and microcinemas from Texas to Tel Aviv. She is also the first recipient of the Arthouse Texas Prize.
Likes: Animal Cops: Houston, Roseanne (with the first becky), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Little People, Big World, Quantum Leap, and Shark Week.
Dislikes: Everybody Loves Raymond, Walker Texas Ranger, Judge Judy, and Touched by an Angel.
Here is what is being said about Eileen:
* Eileen Maxson does subtlety, wit, irony, restraint and unabashed sophistication. It’s all great fun, like watching your English Professor trying to finish her theory lecture while having a low temperature nervous breakdown. One can only hope the future of the video looks something like this. -Dave Hickey
* Maxson is a master of the video tromp l'oeil, varnished flawlessly with counterfeit professional incompetence. - Astria Suparak
* A transmedia Cindy Sherman for the MySpace generation. - Ed Halter, The Village Voice