The installation comprises:
- a series of 49 drawings “The Time has Come” (2012): mixed media on pages of “Alice adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”, 6″x8″ each – mounted on wood panels - a series of 25 drawings “Alice”: mixed media on pages of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (2011 and 2012), 11”x14” each – mounted on wooden boards
- a series of short videos.
- a display table
(first photo by Kaleid Gallery)
This installation of drawings and videos is about childhood and its fleeting moments. Everything passes, hence the title, which also refers to the fact that the show opens just a few days before presidential election day. It puts the urge to argue and the hunger for peace in (a childish) perspective.The drawings hung on the backdrop of the giant leaf are made from pages of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. I see the world Alice visits – and creates at the same time – as a response to the complicated world we live in. In the series of short videos, I watch my two boys as they grow: the way they see the world, the creatures and the monsters they imagine.
I was invited by Tiffany Higgins, with whom I collaborated on the animation “You bear the scar at the base of your spine, where lies the shadow of the moon”, to participate in the 14th Conference of the Modernist Studies Association in Las Vegas. I talked about the images I created for different towns in the context of the Billboard Art Project.
It was quite an experience to go there and stay at the Flamingo Hotel. I enjoyed the panel and I even got the chance to go to Death Valley National Park, which was the perfect place to be after having experienced the ultimate spectacle that embodies Las Vegas!
The panel was an hour long and then we had 30 mn for the questions.
Here’s the information about our panel:
Ecospectacle and Spectacular Ecology: Spectacle in a Time of Economic and Environmental Crisis
Organizer: Ravi Shankar (Central Connecticut State University)
Chair: Marianne DeKoven (Rutgers University)
Ravi Shankar (Central Connecticut State University) “The Spectacle and the
Sublime: How the Artificial Manifests Differently than the Natural in Modern Art and Human Perception”
Michele Guieu (Multimedia Artist) “Poétique de la Route: Détournement and Repurposing of the Billboard for Nonconsumerist Spectacle”
Tiffany Higgins (Diablo Valley College) “Ecospectacle and the Collapse of the Real”
I am very excited to be have images of my previous billboards selected for this show.
The Billboard Art Project: “Color Shift is a selection of Billboard Art Project images from past shows curated by Katerina Lanfranco. The concept for Color Shift, is the perceptual experience of driving by and only getting a glimpse of something. The scene is reduced to color and value. The Billboard Art Project images are therefore organized into distinct chromatic and achromatic groupings. The cumulative effect creates an unusual and surprising dialogue between a wide selection of Billboard Art Project images.”