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Gretchen Skogerson



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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In this work, Gretchen Skogerson references the apparatus of cinematic light, architectural form, and light as a sculptural medium. Inspired by the on-site work of James Turrell (Catso, Red [1967], Danaë [1983], and Pleiades [1983]), Skogerson makes reference to the phenomenological explorations of presence, form, and perception that Turrell conducts in his work throughout the seventies and early 1980s.

Curated by Melissa Ragona


PREDRIVE: After Technology, November 14, 2008 - April 5, 2009
About The Artist
Gretchen Skogerson received her BA from Columbia College, Columbia University, her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her MA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Skogerson is a video and installation artist best known for pristine, coolly minimalist work. The freedom of subject matter and portrayal of time in experimental film and video; the connections between everyday movement and modern dance; and the seductive power of highly aestheticized images all inform her practice. Her work documents the intersection of aloneness and togetherness within contemporary society.

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