Afterimage by Hillary Wiedemann at MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland
MacArthur B Arthur is pleased to announce Afterimage, a solo exhibition of work by LPP’s own Hillary Wiedemann! Curated by Kevin Clarke.
An afterimage is defined as a visual sensation that remains after the initial stimulus is gone. The works in Afterimage stem from Wiedemann’s inquiries into the phenomenology of perception and the lingering sense impressions of memory. The sun plays many roles – a marker of time, a source of light, a determiner of place, and through its absence, the seed of an acute awareness of space. While distinctly aware of the impossibility of recreating the sense-experience of the sun, the works in Afterimage focus on a sensory residue and/or constant state of perceptual remembering.
In celebration of her exhibition, we are releasing three limited edition prints in the LPP shop! Hilary states: “the prints are details of a video; Sans Soleil, a 1983 film directed by Chris Marker, incorporates verbal ruminations on the nature of human memory: its nuances, fallibility, and perceptual shifts over time, with brief visual scenes from around the world. The film opens with a quote from TS Eliot:
Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place
“Inspired by the themes in Marker’s film, I have attempted to dissipate memory even further by recording through diffraction grating, a video of the original Sans Soleil in its entirety. In Sans Soleil (Diffracted), I have removed the audio from the original film, and literally broken down its image into a projected visible spectrum as seen through a peephole. The result is an abstracted color field, a visible metaphor for the inability of memory to capture the entirety of an experience. The projection is a subtle suggestion of the original film, a recollection of a memory of a memory.”
The show runs March 2, 2012 – April 1, 2012.
The opening reception is Friday, March 2, 7-10 pm
All images can be found on her website!
The prints can be found Here.