Giverny of the Midwest US premiere

ITP Alumnus Nathaniel Stern at the Museum of Wisconsin Art

GIVERNY OF THE MIDWEST

US PREMIERE AT THE MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART (MOWA)
JUNE 13 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
205 VETERANS AVE, WEST BEND WI 53095

Giverny of the Midwest is a panoramic installation of nearly 100 performative prints, rendering water, lilies, leaves and other organic forms into lush and rippling images. The source materials were scanned during a week-long camping trip on a lily pond in South Bend, Indiana, and edited together over the course of nearly 2 years. The piece explicitly cites Monet’s large-scale painting and installation, Water Lilies (1914-1926), at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is similarly an immersive triptych of over 250 square feet (totaling 2 x 12 meters), and follows the patterns of light and color in Monet’s panorama. But Giverny of the Midwest’s three large panels move between proximity and distance, and are broken down into differently sized and shaped prints on watercolor paper, each evenly spaced apart. The tensions between flow and geometry, life and modularity, place it in further dialogue with other trajectories of modern and contemporary art, and simultaneously activate the possibilities of working across digital and traditional forms.

For this ongoing series of prints, I strap a desktop scanner, computing device and custom-made battery pack to my body, and perform images into existence. I might scan in straight, long lines across tables, tie the scanner around my neck and swing over flowers, do pogo-like gestures over bricks, or just follow the wind over water lilies in a pond. The dynamism between my body, technology and the landscape is transformed into beautiful and quirky renderings, which are then produced as archival art objects.

Giverny of the Midwest premiered as part of a solo exhibition of the same name atGALLERY AOP in Johannesburg, South Africa in late July 2011. Giverny Remediated, an outdoor, architectural remix, is currently on view at Furtherfield Gallery in London. The original installation is on loan from the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.

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