Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles
April 7, 2015
Kerry Tribe (2012 Moving Image) premieres her Creative Capital-supported project, The Loste Note, with a solo exhibition at 356 S. Mission Rd. in Los Angeles, opening April 10 with a reception from 7-10pm. The exhibition, which continues through May 31, includes a new film and sculptural installation, both of which continue Tribe's ongoing exploration of ways that the material aspects of film can mirror processes of cognition.
Specifically, The Loste Note investigates aphasia, a neurological condition in which the language centers of the brain are damaged, most often the result of stroke. Aphasics struggle to understand and produce language, even though their personalities and intellects are often unaffected. As part of her research for The Loste Note, Tribe attended weekly meetings of an aphasia support and reading group over a period of years. The centerpiece of the exhibition is The Aphasia Poetry Club, a 30-minute, 60-foot wide, three-channel video narrated by three aphasic collaborators that Tribe met in the reading group. As they share their thoughts and stories, their words trigger elaborate arrangements of character animation, still photographs and filmed footage.
Tribe shot The Aphasia Poetry Club largely at the 356 Mission space, and the exhibition also includes a sprawling installation of sculptures, prints and plants that echo and reconfigure the film's production as well as its content. Warped C-stands, apple boxes and light-diffusing equipment (things usually found on a film set) are here rearranged in hallucinatory tableaux. The body of work not only articulates the condition of aphasia, but "produces" aspects of the aphasiac experience by playing with the association/dissociation of images, speech, words and meaning.
"The inadvertent poetry spoken by the aphasic sometimes makes more sense than our best efforts to rationally explain what we think we mean."
- Kerry Tribe