PLATFORM 14: Alix Pearlstein, The Park

Alix Pearlstein, The Park, 2014.
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On View May 16, 2014 - Oct 13, 2014
PLATFORM 14: Alix Pearlstein, The Park features the New-York based artist’s newest major work, a three-channel video conceived for and filmed at deCordova as a composite “portrait-in-flux” of the Sculpture Park. Projected in deCordova’s Dewey Family Gallery, The Park brings the outdoor experience inside to create an uncanny reflection of the visitor’s encounter with art and nature.
The video installation portrays a single area of the Sculpture Park from three distinct viewpoints. In each scene the camera moves forward at a careful but unrelenting pace, absorbing and rearranging the ‘cast’–the institution’s ground, actors, and sculpture. Installed in the round, the videos will emanate outward, giving the viewer in the center of the gallery the illusion of ever-expanding space.
Heavily influenced by Minimalism, dance, and cinematic history, Pearlstein’s videos explore performance within everyday spaces and environments. She choreographs actors and her camera in equal measure to create distilled moments of familiar strangeness; common actions are made anew through performed and repeated gestures. The Park presents the Sculpture Park as a site of contemplation, scrutiny, and mystery.

PLATFORM is a series of solo exhibitions by early- and mid-career artists from both the New England and national arts communities. These shows focus on work that engages with deCordova’s unique spaces, both indoors and outdoors, and social, geographical, and physical location. The PLATFORM series is intended as a support for creativity and expression of new ideas, and as a catalyst for dialogue about contemporary art.

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Alix Pearlstein was born in 1962, in New York, NY and lives and work in New York. She received her B.S. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and an MFA from Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY.

Solo exhibitions include Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA; On Stellar Rays, New York, NY; the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. Performances have been seen at The Park Avenue Armory, Esopus Space and Salon 94, New York, NY. Group exhibitions include Internationale d’Art de Québec, Canada; The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Annual Exhibition of Visual Art, Ireland; BAM / PFA, Berkeley, CA; SMAK, Ghent, Belgium; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; ICA Philadelphia, PA; Biennale de Lyon, France; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. She is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2011 Grants to Artists Award.

Conversation with a Curator
Wednesday, August 27, 4 pm
Curator Dina Deitsch discusses PLATFORM 14: Alix Pearlstein, The Park.
Meet the Artist: Alix Pearlstein
Saturday, September 27, 2 pm
Join artist Alix Pearlstein and actor and playwright Masha Obolensky (featured in The Park) for a discussion about performance and landscape in conjunction with Pearlstein's project. Moderated by Curator Dina Deitsch.