Willie Stewart: VIDEOS

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August 29 2019 - September 14 2019

50 Orange St.
New Haven, CT 06511

TIME: 12:00 pm - 06:00 pm

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July 26-September 14. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12 to 6 p.m. This solo exhibition in the Project Room concludes Willie Stewart's one year residency at Artspace, which began last August. For the first time ever, he is presenting all three works from the Trilogy series in one room, and is debuting Love Song on the East Coast.  Stewart's work is deeply influenced by Hollywood, it's cultural tropes and how and why viewers map these cinematic portrayals onto others, and absorb them to strengthen their own sense of self.  His work frequently pulls from low culture to investigate the ways marginalized art forms might be fed through the cannon of an intellectualized art history.  This group of deeply philosophical videos thinks about how we construct the concept of "self" through the collection and arrangement of objects, images, events, feelings and memories, which are continuously reshaped by time. In these films, Stewart seeks to draw a parallel between the drive to make sense of the self and the drive to make art.  His work suggests that our own histories, like art history, is always running parallel to pop culture.  These videos point to the way that music, fashion, literature, food, art and theory act as mile markers in our lives.  For example, how hearing a certain song might conjure a distinct multisensorial memory. The three films from the Trilogy series, which play on the TVs, were designed to be shown together, and find common interest in the act of suicide.  They explore suicide in its most real sense, but also in its metaphorical, philosophical and imagined senses, posing the questions: What does it mean to take oneself or ones' artwork out of circulation?  To go off the grid?  To leave totally?

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