artists & participants
We are pleased to present Vision Request, an exhibition and a collaborative performance hosted by Andrea Zittel and organized by Jennifer Dudley, Sarrita Hunn, and Ben Kinsley. On Saturday, May 19th, 2007 at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, CA, the works made for this venue by the individualb artists will be on view and Vision Request will culminate in a Play of Light and Shadow at twilight.
The exhibition will include an in-ground tea ceremony, a miniature railroad through the West, an 18ft long motor-home turned studio called "The Establishment", a Super 8 projection, an anthropomorphic billboard, and a self-contained nomadic sculpture arriving via UPS. These individual projects, and many others, will be accompanied by the collaborative work of all the Vision Request artists, the Play of Light and Shadow. The open desert illuminated by the light of car headlamps will create a stage for the play, and the narrative will take a séance as its point of departure.
Just as the medium in a séance acts as a conduit between the physical and spiritual realms, one understanding of the artist is as an interpreter of culture or history through the physicality of his or her media. Our media in this performance will be a shadow play, which is part of the historical lineage of proto-cinematic approaches for creating illusions that includes Phantasmagoria, spinning Fantascope, and Magic Lantern shows. By creating an illusion that reveals its own construction, such devices encourage imaginative participation, allowing the viewer to simultaneously play the magician and the deceived. In such a situation the artist is neither a medium for spirits, nor universal expressions of history or culture. Rather, the artist opens up a space for a conversation about the role of illusion to take place. It is such a space that Vision Request invites you to occupy.
The Vision Request artists are Colleen Asper, Elena Bajo, Katie Creyts, Benjamin Dowell, Craig Drennen, Jennifer Dudley, Takehito Etani, Sarrita Hunn, Ben Kinsley, Yvonne Lung, Katja Mater, Lilly McElroy, Andrew Ross, Adam Shecter, Mark Taber, Montana Torrey, Louisa Van Leer, and Robert Wechsler.
On Saturday, May 19th, 2007 individual projects will be on view starting at 2:00 pm. The Play of Light and Shadows will commence at 8:00 pm. A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA
one day exhibition and collaborative performance hosted by Andrea Zittel and organized by Jennifer Dudley, Sarrita Hunn, Ben Kinsley
mit Colleen Asper, Elena Bajo, Katie Creyts, Benjamin Dowell, Craig Drennen, Jennifer Dudley, Takehito Etani, Sarrita Hunn, Ben Kinsley, Yvonne Lung, Katja Mater, Lilly McElroy, Andrew Ross, Adam Shecter, Mark Taber, Montana Torrey, Louisa Van Leer, Robert Wechsler