Home Splice Bathroom includes the use of Jonestown Kool-aid a video by Jenn Gooch projected onto a vinyl bathroom curtain installed in a bathroom...
Home Splice: Bathroom includes the use of “Jonestown Kool-aid” a video by Jenn Gooch, projected onto a vinyl bathroom curtain installed in a bathroom of the Mattress Factory’s 1414 Gallery building.
The Monterey building’s domesticity evokes both intimacy and vulnerability. Doors, windows, cabinets and closets still peek from under the veneer of the gallery to reveal the house’s former lives. Visitors shyly squeeze by each other in hallways meant for families and friends, feeling like estranged guests to a house party whose host is long since gone. Exploring the space feels adventurous and forbidden, as if opening the wrong door could conjure up the house’s past, all its inhabitants suddenly forced to acknowledge the thin portal that divides viewer and viewed. Home Splice layers scenes from my own home onto the space and its strata – sort of an offering to the house and its former residents by sharing the vulnerability and intimacy of receiving others into your domain.
Jenn Gooch is a multi-media artist and musician from Texas, living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. Her web-based community project One Cold Hand received international press, including USA Today and NPR. She recently ran a tailoring and textile studio, WERK, where she began Gender-Neutral Learn-to-Sew, a free workshop made possible in part by a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund. Jenn is a multi-instrumental musician and singer/songwriter who dances flatfoot and fiddles with her band, Gift Horse. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.