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“Mother Nature Calls”

January 7 - January 25

screenshot from performance artist Jean Brennan's film "Mother Nature Calls"

Artist: Jean Brennan

Jean Brennan is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. Her mediums are sculpture, installation, and performance in a response to place—what we know about it, what lives there, and the built or natural features of site. Inspired by ecology and thinkers like Donna Haraway, she considers how the poetics of visual form destabilize an anthropocentric view of the natural world. In the Tahoe Gallery, she presents a new video, along with an installation of textiles, glass vessels, lichen dye, and prints.

The video, Performing Vowels in the Note of Blue, is a score for non discursive communication with(in) a grove of red pines in the Catskills. Planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps during FDR’s New Deal, this century-old stand possesses the uncanny quality of a single species plantation gone wild. Five women (a,e,i,o,u) perform the vowels through the use of semaphore flags—a signaling system that augments the body to communicate over distances of land and sea. The movements—like language, like the forest—slip between structure and improvisation.

As in the video, textile installations, shibori flags, and flamework glass vessels filled with lichen dye—using age old recipes of ocean water with fermented urine—call to mind the atmosphere and paradoxically the human body. Her work reflects the radical possibility for sentient conversation with the non-human, if only to connect us to our own visceral wilderness.

Reception: January 7, 6 – 7 pm


January 7
January 25
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Tahoe Gallery
Prim Library, 3rd Floor