An Exhibition of Projection Art
Thursday, June 6, 2019, 8-10 PM
One Night Only!
Featuring the work of
GINA MARIE NAPOLITAN
MARIA F. VIDELA URRA
This show celebrates the premiere of two new films at the Peephole Cinema: Edge of Alchemy by Stacey Steers and Phosphene Phantasmagoria by Charlotte Pryce. The films will be playing 24/7 all year in the alley behind Automata.
Projection overlays objects merging two bodies of information into a hybrid form. Creating an “image skin” over the built environment transforms, informs and confuses a static understanding of place. Dissolving Sights brings together the work of artists who use projection as a significant part of their practice, engaging themes of place, resistance and dreams.
The exhibition, organized by Janie Geiser, Susan Simpson, Melissa Ferrari, and Laurie O’Brien is hosted by Automata.
Automata is located at:
Edge of Alchemy, 19:00, 35mm to digital 4k, 2017
Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor, seamlessly appropriated from their early silent films, are cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and a contemporary undercurrent of hive collapse. In this handmade film, Stacey Steers selects sequences from early cinematic sources, prints the frames and re-contextualizes the action, allowing the ‘story’ assembled from appropriated images to evolve over time. She inserts her actors into newly imagined collage environments, built by hand from fragments of 19thcentury engravings and illustrations. Edge of Alchemy is the third film in a trilogy examining women’s inner worlds. Music by the Polish composer Lech Jankowski (Brothers Quay).
The storybook is closed, the lamp extinguished, the images of the day recede, yet before sleep takes hold bright lights dance and flicker behind the eyelid, as if projected onto a miniature screen. If you look closely interwoven in the small explosions of color are the fragmentary remains of nursery rhymes. Menacing, absurd, surreal. It is time for the phantoms… a moment when images stored in the unconscious return in bursts of biophotonic light to construct their own stories: playful yet disturbing revenants.
This work has been created from victorian lantern slides made for children that were photographed onto 16mm which was subsequently buried, exhumed and scanned on a flat bed scanner.
Running time: 1 minute (10 secs of black at head)