Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Vanessa Renwick at Flaherty NYC

A screening by Vanessa Renwick, "founder and janitor" of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass, as part of Flaherty NYC at Anthology.  The program was culled together from her prolific oeuvre, with the curatorial theme centering on that of nature and the northwest.  Still remembering "Portrait #2: Trojan" and its eerily views of a defunct nuclear plant; images that had a more powerful poignancy in these days of such dire news from Fukushima.  During the Q&A mention was made of Vanessa's installation work, including a piece with a forest-like environment of greenery, logs, and branches, where one lay upon a bed of moss and gazed up at a video projected on the ceiling.  It was then revealed that visitors to that exhibit had told Vanessa they had sex in her installation.  A unique complement indeed.


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