PLATFORM 14: Alix Pearlstein, The Park
New-York based artist’s newest major work, 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.
PLATFORM is a series of solo exhibitions by early- and mid-career
artists from both the New England and national arts communities. These
shows focus on work that engages with deCordova’s unique spaces, both
indoors and outdoors, and social, geographical, and physical location.
The PLATFORM series is intended as a support for creativity and
expression of new ideas, and as a catalyst for dialogue about