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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Aimee Doran's BFA show opening

Here are some pics from Aimee's talk and show. I think she succeeded in creating a real atmosphere in the gallery, complete with its own saran wrap weather. She said her work was concerned with neglected or abandoned spaces. A horizontal tornado made of clingfilm is suspended from the ceiling, with an array of lights trained on it, and a trio of lenses set hanging on the far side. My favorite part of the show is the shadow of the tornado/chrysalis/cloud, which the lenses attenuate, congealing bits of it into sharper relief, like clumps of hair or clusters of ganglia emerging from the blurred cotton candy adumbration. Under a slanted bedlike structure, a video shows images shot from within the saran wrap vortex. At different times, the video seemed like it was shot from the vantage point of an fly's eyeball, being wrapped in spiderweb; from an angelic transit between this world and the next; or from (and I mean this as a compliment) some ectoplasmic colonoscopy.

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