Visual Arts Program
 


Saturday, September 13, 2003 — Friday, October 31, 2003

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts

Jennifer McMackon

imaginationsaft

Presented at:
Hallwalls Project Rooms

PROJECT ROOMS: Jennifer McMackon: imaginationsaft
Working in the projects rooms during a month-long Aug 2003 Hallwalls Artist in Residence (HARP) residency, Toronto-based Jennifer McMackon will draw upon her multi-media background to produce a new exhibition entitled imaginationsaft (a word combining the English "imagination" and the German "juice"), in which Hallwalls’ space will be treated as a metaphorical landscape composed of large sculptural works, photographs, videos and large-scale transparent paintings. McMackon’s work explores explore the ways visual information (real and imaginary) crystallizes under certain conditions through a combination of the varied elements of her practice into a single set of formal constellations.
The playful appearance of McMackon’s work should be read through the lens of serious "play," a methodology that emphatically promotes the metaphorical underpinnings of the works and draws the diverse media used into a set of things that collectively create a constellation of shared sensations. The prevalent question with each new territory of metaphor McMackon creates is how much juice can be extracted or distilled from the particles of visual experience surrounding us in a certain place under certain conditions.


Some publications related to this event:
JENNIFER MCMACKON: IMAGINATIONSAFT - 2003
September, 2003 - 2003

 
 
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