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PLATFORM 14: Alix Pearlstein, “The Park”

29 May 2014

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Image courtesy of the artist and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Ballroom’s 2013 pick for Artists’ Film International, Alix Pearlstein, recently unveiled her newest major work at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts as part of their PLATFORM series.

The work, entitled The Park, is:

a three-channel video conceived for and filmed at deCordova as a composite “portrait-in-flux” of the Sculpture Park. Projected in deCordova’s Dewey Family Gallery, The Park brings the outdoor experience inside to create an uncanny reflection of the visitor’s encounter with art and nature.

The video installation portrays a single area of the Sculpture Park from three distinct viewpoints. In each scene the camera moves forward at a careful but unrelenting pace, absorbing and rearranging the ‘cast’–the institution’s ground, actors, and sculpture. Installed in the round, the videos will emanate outward, giving the viewer in the center of the gallery the illusion of ever-expanding space.

Heavily influenced by Minimalism, dance, and cinematic history, Pearlstein’s videos explore performance within everyday spaces and environments. She choreographs actors and her camera in equal measure to create distilled moments of familiar strangeness; common actions are made anew through performed and repeated gestures. The Park presents the Sculpture Park as a site of contemplation, scrutiny, and mystery.

The Park will be on display until October 13,