Sunday, Sept 12, 2010 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Curated by Stephanie Snyder
Posted by: Nicole Leaper
As part of the larger ABSTRACTexhibition at Reed College’s Cooley Gallery, Stephanie Snyder curated film and video work by Maya Deren and Kate Gilmore into a series of three screenings at Whitsell Auditorium. The first showing included three Gilmore works made within the last few years (including work from the Whitney Biennial), interspersed with Deren works created in the 1940′s. Deren, known for her expertise in Haitian voodoo studies, examines mystical, transcendent, and darkly psychedelic experiences through swirling montages and witchcraft references. Gilmore, on the other hand, shoots images of herself clad in ladylike attire, breaking through sheetrock with only her hands and the spikes of her high heels.

Both artists share a kind of forcefulness applied through either long takes or short, repetitive cutting. Deren’s work is silent and black and white, while Gilmore’s uses color and noise as a formal elements, calling attention to the differences between interior and exterior spaces. Both artists force the viewer to examine stereotypical motifs; from high heels as weapons to woman’s mystical associations and roles of possessed to possessor, creator to destroyer. It’s a somewhat odd pairing on the surface, but relationships grow as the work is examined. Snyder is prompting us to relate both artists to the contemporary abstract work (all by women as well) included at the Cooley show, which is intriguing, and invites a trip to the gallery, with or without high heels.
Additional screenings will include slightly different work by each artist:
Northwest Film Center Whitsell Auditorium at Portland Art Museum
Wednesday, Sept 15, 2010 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, Sept 16, 2010 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm