“Pulse”, an immersive video installation, explores spontaneous encounters with the natural world. Sustained associations build from hundreds of fragments- acts of incidental witnessing that are unrehearsed, stumbled upon, and fleeting. 50 minutes long, it can be viewed for any length of time, at any starting point, but its effect builds. Primary elements- wood, water, fire, smoke, horse, bird, grass- combine and recombine in rhythmic, recurring motifs that examine the connections and spaces between perception, recollection, and narrative association.
To be a human witness in the animal world is to intrude. Yet we live intimately with our animal companions. All of us live in a world of shifting environmental pressures.
Heat, flood, storm, blaze. Highways, byways, the serendipitous trail. A twister downs trees in the woods. The sky is afire at sunset. Oil in the water, a brushfire, the carousel turns, a little dog listens to opera. The old horse sees more than we can imagine.
Substitution, suggestion, reordering, progression. What do we process when we close our eyes?
“Pulse”, single-channel digital video, 50 min, 2012-3.
installation elements: artificial turf viewing platform on wooden pilings, assorted tools.
Embedded lens photographs (8)
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
JANUARY 16-APRIL 6, 2014