Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Artist-in-Residence: Alex McQuilkin

Alex McQuilkin is a Brooklyn based artist whose work revolves around the nature of stories, both fiction and nonfiction, and the faith that we, knowing or unknowingly, place in them. Her videos investigate dominant modes of how stories are relayed: from fairytales, myths and oral history, to visual art, literature and cinema, to sources that present themselves as historical fact. Pairing iconic film imagery with home video and voice-over narration with emotionally charged film scores, her video works explore the transmission of power-driven belief systems and their representation in popular culture.

Joan of Arc, video still, 2007, two-channel video installation

In her more recent shift to drawing and sculpture, McQuilkin continues this investigation through her use of materials that reveal an inherent tension between the strength of belief systems and of their material surfaces.

McQuilkin is a professor of art at New York University. Recent exhibitions include the KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia, Centre Pompidou and MoMA PS1.

For a full biography, images and videos, please see: www.alexmcquilkin.com

Untitled (Forever), 2008, collage on paper

Untitled (Escape Route), Mixed media (hair, saliva, string), Installation View, 2008-2011

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