Sunday, March 22, 2009

Vanessa Renwick on KBOO

At the New American Art Union is an installation by Vanessa Renwick called House of Sound. The exhibition is a part of the "Couture" series at the gallery, which awarded stipends and six-week long exhibitions. The installation comprises of: 2 channel audio, 35mm film to video, plexiglass, metal, candles, couches, lamps, speakers, rug, record stand, a turntable and a record collection the viewer is encouraged to play - if, that is, they care to stop listening to the fairly freewheeling and happy audio of the video, an oral history about the House of Sound. The audio is a real contrast to the footage (still above). Renwick creates haunting art out of documentary film, works which are often site-specific and interactive. She is also known as the founder of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass. She’ll be my guest for Art Focus this coming Tuesday.

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