Friday, December 12, 2008

artistically viewing.

So I was a bit disappointed because I was unable to peak in on the David Hilliard show...not quite installed, so I have an excuse to go back soon.
But I did roam around the galleries for a little bit and saw some interesting stuff...but the highlight was Nathalie Djurberg at Zach Feur.

Honestly not what I would normally spend my time watching but something about Nathalie's stop motion film drew me in...for the entire 20 minutes. The expressiveness of her character and strange charm of her animation was completely compelling...though I still have no idea what it was about.
The press release states:

In I found myself alone, the viewer follows a young ballerina as she makes her way through a gigantic table set for tea. She climbs on cake, attempts to paint a white vase with chocolate sauce and builds a precarious staircase from sugar cubes. As she dances her way through the enormous tea set, wrecking havoc, tension between the young girl and the objects builds. Without someone present to intercede on her behalf, the young ballerina is overpowered by the objects and drowns in candle wax dripping from candelabra.

The abundance and lavishness of the set was gorgeous as well as the unbelievably human emotion from the puppet. Tragic and beautiful all at the same time. It makes me definitely want to see Nathalie's past work:

Strangely the film reminded me of the frightening but beautiful lavishness of these Christmas windows. Fairy tales gone wrong. If you are in NY go see them they are amazing!!.


Sam said...

That looks like an exhibition worth seeing! Wish I was in NYC!

Joetta said...

yes very very cool:)