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Valerie Brodar

X knows P

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Brodar constructed a triangular space and painted all the surfaces, including the ceiling and floor, white.

Hand-written messages cover the wall, floor, and ceiling - even the light bulbs. A partial transcription reads: "female perception male perception sound perception voice perception homosexual perception heterosexual perception sex perception violence perception racism perception sexism perception human perception responsibility perception pornographic perception."

From behind the walls, ten televisions, all tuned to different stations, fill the air with different noises and a jumble of messages. The words and sounds are continuous but indiscernible.

Artist Statement

It is important that my work be accessible to a wide audience. There is at least one level that can be easily discerned, opening a door to an understanding. I want the viewer to slow down and become involved in an internal dialogue with the work, to become isolated from the presence of others and immersed in his or her own memories and thoughts. I wish to create an environment in which the viewer will have a physiological response, not only a cerebral one. The viewer completes the work in an ever-changing interaction, reaction, and experience. Sharing a multifaceted reality, an internal conversation hidden from the external, a dialogue of memories lost and found.

When

1990

About The Artist

Valerie Brodar received her BFA in Printmaking & Fiber Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown at the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Miraflores, Peru; Zico House, Beirut, Lebanon; SOHO20 Chelsea, New York, NY; Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL; Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL; Gallery 2, Chicago, IL; and The Erie Museum, Erie, PA. She is currently an Associate Professor of Media Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Brodar constructed a triangular space and painted all the surfaces, including the ceiling and floor, white.

Hand-written messages cover the wall, floor, and ceiling - even the light bulbs. A partial transcription reads: "female perception male perception sound perception voice perception homosexual perception heterosexual perception sex perception violence perception racism perception sexism perception human perception responsibility perception pornographic perception."

From behind the walls, ten televisions, all tuned to different stations, fill the air with different noises and a jumble of messages. The words and sounds are continuous but indiscernible.

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