Edward Rankus

Edward Rankus is an independent video artist whose work references the symbolic systems of science-fiction films, behavioral psychology experiments, sub-atomic particle physics, Spanish mysticism, and Zen Buddhism. Concerned with the hazy borderline between inner and outer worlds, his work invokes a surrealist/expressionist aesthetic. As a student of Dan Sandin and the late Phil Morton, Rankus is part of the second generation of Chicago video artists whose approach to video differed from their more process-oriented teachers. Rankus's work is masterfully edited and deeply ironic, and he is able to wring drama from mundane subjects. The play of symbols is very important in Rankus's work, which in some ways approaches still-life painting in its juxtapositioning of essential elements to create moods and meanings. Rankus layers various cultural symbols and builds on viewer expectations to question the arbitrary conventional boundaries of "reality" and "self."

"These tapes visually investigate perennial themes of impermanence, the disillusion and mortality of one's body--often using simple objects as stand-ins for that body."
--Ed Rankus

Available Titles by Edward Rankus

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AlienNATION 1979 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The Elektra/Vampyr Variations 2009 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Go Fall Apart 2003 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
In the Sun Room 2008 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Naked Doom 1983 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Nerve Language 1995 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Poolside Manners 2010 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Ed Rankus Videoworks: Volume 1 1998 Single Artist Compilations order video    add to wish list
She Heard Voices 1986 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Thorns vs. Roses 2014 Single Titles order video    add to wish list