A sculptor who revolutionized avant-garde dance with kinetic fiberglass playforms for dancing tots? A painter and video artist who used computers borrowed from the Boeing Company to layer visual effects on multimedia happenings scored by Morton Subotnick? A Seattle housewife who ended up in the notorious Chelsea Hotel wearing a welder's mask working out of her studio kitchen? How had I not heard of Doris Chase before?
Some of Chase's early video art is now up on youtube courtesy of her gallerist (see below). Absolutely mindbending stuff in the vein of Nam Jun Paik with an enduring fascination with circles and spheres of all colors. Total rainbow pixel heaven. In the late sixties she built large kinetic structures for a light-show-enhanced kid's performance at the Seattle Opera! And I believe I have actually seen her public sculpture in Kerry Park in Seattle. What an amazing person and artist!
(images via Patricia Failing's fantastic book, Doris Chase: Artist in Motion.)