Christina McPhee: The Delicate Landscape of Crisis Friday, April 15th, 21h Remise, Freies Museum Berlin Potsdamer Strasse 91, 10785 Berlin-Schöneberg
A premier survey of California-based McPhee's experimental films from 2002-2011 will screen Friday at Freies Museum, Berlin
Christina McPhee's video work is made of combined textures, colors and details of the landscapes she is exploring. The flow and beauty of her kind of compositing lies in its immersive qualities, which may even become hypnotic. The colorful layered textures the artist is creating with video are not unlike her paintings, composed by layers of expressive drawing lines. The artist is specifically exploring landscapes of destruction and landscapes that are shaped by large technological installations for energy production. San Ardo Oil Fields in Monterey County is a place for one of her videos, it is the biggest area of oil explorations in California. The film is a composition in red. Landscape, nature, moving oil pumps and spills of water, are combined with footage of Carolee Schneeman’s famous 1964 performance ‘Meat Joy.' Oil spills (of paint) on canvas, on bodies and on natural soil become one of a kind for the viewer. (“Meat Oil Joy Paint: A Tribute to Carolee Schneemann “ (2010).