Next Up: Installations at the Anderson Gallery Will Offer Immersive Experiences

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RICHMOND, VA- The Anderson Gallery’s winter exhibition, The Nameless Hour: Places of Reverie, Paths of Reflection, will open on Friday evening, November 19, with a public reception from 6-8 pm. The Anderson Gallery is located on VCU’s Monroe Park campus, at 907½ West Franklin Street.

Featuring video, sound, and sculptural installations by some of the most prominent artists working today, the exhibition will explore reverie as a complex phenomenon of human nature, characterized by solitary reflection and complex imagination. Works by Janine Antoni (New York), Stephen Cartwright (Champaign, IL), Spencer Finch (New York), Sigalit Landau (Tel Aviv), Paul Pfeiffer (New York), Pipilotti Rist (Zurich & Los Angeles), and Stephen Vitiello (Richmond) will fill all three floors of the gallery, as well as a 19th-century carriage house next door. The exhibition will continue until February 20, 2011.

The Nameless Hour—a title derived from French philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s book The Poetics of Reverie—is co-curated by Ashley Kistler, gallery director, and Dinah Ryan, an art critic, independent curator, and creative writing professor at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. “Each artist in this exhibition turns an extraordinary and precise attention to physical elements of the world and of landscape,” note the curators, “opening spheres of thought that produce the receptive quiet, free play, and deep reflection associated with reverie.”

In Sigalit Landau’s video projection, DeadSee—one of two works by Landau included in the show—buoyant salt water serves as a cushion on which the artist’s body is gradually loosed from within a coil of watermelons, leaving, as the coil is pulled from view, a blank field of tranquil blue water. For over twelve years, Stephen Cartwright has recorded his exact latitude, longitude, and elevation every hour of every day, using this data to create large-scale sculptures that physically manifest time and our place in it.Spencer Finch plays with images of covering and uncovering, revealing and concealing, in a series of sixty photographs that he took at one-minute intervals of shifting fog over a densely wooded landscape.

Viewers of Janine Antoni’s video installation, Tear, encounter the image of a giant watchful eye, which scrutinizes an actual wrecking ball and blinks in concert with its deafening sound, heard on the accompanying audio track. In a pair of new installations, sound and media artist Stephen Vitiello creates immersive soundscapes based on his extensive audio recordings made this past year of animal life and the movement of water in the Australian Outback. Paul Pfeiffer’s video installation, After the Deluge, brings a sense of illumination and expansive insight by combining references to both the history of art and representations of the sea and the sky. Finally, Pipilotti Rist’s video and sound installation, features lush landscape imagery projected onto a large ceiling-mounted screen, which is best viewed by reclining on the carpet sculpture below.

The exhibition catalogue, designed by graphic designer and VCU professor Sandy Wheeler, will include essays and contributions by author and philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright; artists Janine Antoni, Stephen Cartwright, and Stephen Vitiello; and both curators. The exhibition and publication are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Office of the Dean, School of the Arts.

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10-5; Saturday & Sunday, noon-5. Please note that the Anderson Gallery will close for the holidays on December 18, 2010, and reopen on January 4, 2011.

Slideshow images:

Janine Antoni, Tear, 2008, lead, steel, and HD video projection with surround sound (4182 lb wrecking ball, 33” diameter; 11 x 11’ projection). Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

Sigalit Landau, DeadSee (from Cycle Spun, 2007), 2005, video. Courtesy of the artist and kamel mennour, Paris.

Pipilotti Rist, Gravity Be My Friend, 2007, audio video installation: 1 projector pointing to the ceiling, 1 player, 1 sound system, 1 wild carpet sculpture. Sound by Anders Guggisberg & Pipilotti Rist. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

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