Artists & Designers
Ant Farm (1968-1978)
Ant Farm can safely be called Texas's best known and most subversive art collective, one that continues to exert a fascination on subsequent generations of artists, curators, and critics for its incisive critique of contemporary culture through ostensibly humorous means. Ant Farm played a crucial role in the emergence of video as artistic expression in the era of 1970s experimentation with the form. In its mock documentary aesthetic, Ant Farm's work parallels everything from institutional critique of French theorists and filmmakers, to the broad humor of the 1980s film This is Spinal Tap, taking advantage of the rapt attention we pay to the moving image to subvert traditional ideas about how ideas and beliefs come into common currency in our media-dominated era. The members of Ant Farm were the architects Chip Lord (1944-) and Doug Michels (1943-2003), and video artists Hudson Marquez (1946- ) and Curtis Schreier (1944- ).
Charles Wylie, DMA unpublished material, 2005.