Thursday, February 9, 2012

Installation View: 11 Snapshots of Vesna Pavlovic's Search for Landscapes

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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I missed the opening last week, so yesterday I stopped by Zeitgeist to chat with Lain York and see what Vesna Pavlovic's first solo show there was like. It was loud as hell, with at least a half-dozen ancient-looking slide projectors whirring all at once, rotating slides at incongruous intervals. The effect was an analog overload, like scrolling through a 1960s version of the Internet.

The main piece in the show was an installation of five projection screens set in a cluster in the middle of the gallery. A few slide carousels (my late-to-the-party obsession with Mad Men came in handy here) sped through a series of exotic, archaic images all at once, and so the installation was always changing.

I stood in front of the installation for about a minute, snapping pictures every few moments. The result is a series of completely mechanical landscapes that made me feel like I was seeing someone else's life flash before my eyes. It was sweet and sad all at once, and the annoying buzz of the projectors made sure that I wasn't overwhelmed by my own sentimentality. It's a great piece — stop by Zeitgeist before the show closes on March 17.

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