William Wegman: Around the Park
William Wegman’s Around the Park is a new video work on four outdoor monitors near the park’s popular food kiosk, Shake Shack. The seven minute long video stars Wegman’s cast of canine characters as they enjoy a fall day in the park. Although he started as a painter, Wegman began working with video in 1970 when he moved to Southern California. He became a New Yorker in 1973. Wegman began to create short, staged vignettes with his first collaborator, model and muse, his Weimaraner dog Man Ray (named for the avant-garde Dada and Surrealist artist). Man Ray’s deadpan look into the camera and his human-like behavior became an absurd and gladsome presence in Wegman’s humorous and improvised art. He has continued to include other Weimaraners in his videos including Fay Ray who joined Wegman’s practice in 1986. The artist started to photograph Fay with a large-format Polaroid camera. Fay’s litter in 1989 and her daughter’s puppies in 1995 have allowed the expansion of Wegman’s subjects.