Jeanine Oleson in Group Show at Sculpture Center

Jan 24 2016 - Apr 04 2016


Sculpture Center
44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY


Film and Video

Evoking the figure of the "eccentric," a term for Russian circus performers, Walter Benjamin alludes to clowns, magicians, and acrobats as the forerunners to the comic actors who later inhabited the newly created space of film in his influential 1936 text, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. The arena of the circus—where ancient rituals are passed through the ages into the present day—conjures laughter and wonder, disbelief, and fear. This is a space where assumed natural orders can be reversed and undone as demonstrated through displays of mastery over wild animals and fire, in moments where the rules of physics are seemingly defied, and in acts where the body and identity are truly malleable. While the artists in this exhibition work from 21st century perspectives, they similarly explore the significance of special effects created through analog methods.

The exhibition includes work by Creative Capital-supported artist Jeanine Oleson, who handles clay and copper, exploring their properties as constructive and conductive elements in a new 3D video and group of sculptures. Oleson is also premiering a performance on March 1 as part of this material investigation.

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