Selected Works: Reel 7

1976-77, 18:06 min, color, sound

In Selected Works: Reel 7, Wegman continues his short narratives, using Man Ray's predictability and the personification of his own body parts as comedic material. Manipulating Man Ray's behavior to humorous effect, Wegman tries to get the dog to smoke, and pretends to cry on the couch to elicit Man Ray's sympathy. In a series of droll fictions, Wegman assumes multiple personae: He wears a distorted pair of glasses, and portrays two "characters" through close-ups of his mouth and nose. With his deadpan delivery and quasi-serious manner, Wegman brings absurdist, conceptual humor to familiar gestures and actions.

Reel 7 includes the following pieces: Alarm A; Dr. Joke; Bad Movies; Drop It; Oh Boy, Fruit; Smoking; Baseball Over Horseshoes; Fast; Piano Hands; House for Sale; Peck and Chuck B; Alphabet; Starter; Night Song; Alarm B