September 8, 2018 - October 5, 2018
Opening Reception 7-10 pm, September 8, 2018
“Outside and inside are both intimate—they are always ready to be reversed, to exchange their hostility. If there exists a border-line surface between such an inside and outside, this surface is painful on both sides.”
-Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Pilot Projects is pleased to announce A New Word for Here, an exhibition of works by two Philadelphia artists, filmmaker Marie Hinson and sculptor Katie Wynne. Both artists hinge their work on the role of the personal and the body - one turning out into the world toward a larger landscape of boundaries and delineations, the other inward, to a space of affection and absence.
Wynne’s slowly moving fiber-mechanical sculptures present articles of clothing as empty vessels where a body once was. Torsos become fluid as their forms drift and fold, floating as if suspended in time or dancing as if animated by a spirit. Hinson’s film “The Road Through South Pass” taking place in the mountainous landscapes of Wyoming, features two dancers at various stages throughout a day, surrounded by vast expanses of wilderness and tracing a historic migratory path carved out by people and animals across generations. Where these two bodies meet, gesture and touch become moments of healing and poetic knowledge.
Possessing what may initially seem an inverse approach to the subject of “Here” both artists engage with conceptions of location through permeability, addressing the shifting and vastness of “Place” where meaning and purpose are developed along the boundary between presence and absence. Both Hinson and Wynne harness the sublimity of motion as a kind of magic or witchcraft, performing a spell on a location in order to transcend delineations of class, value, and ownership. The fluidity of divisions and boundaries provide a liminal space in both artists’ works. Outside and inside are suspect; the road is a non-location, the bodies non-beings.
Marie Hinson is an artist and cinematographer currently based in Philadelphia. She is the director of photography on Catherine Pancake’s forthcoming documentary Queer Genius featuring visionary queer artists Eileen Myles, Barbara Hammer, Black Quantum Futurism and Jibz Cameron. In her art practice, Marie uses experimental combinations of documentary, dance, performance, poetry, and installation to reimagine the sites and meanings of interaction between land, body, community, image and text. Her work has shown around the world, including the Montreal Underground Film Festival, the London and Porto Underground Film Festival, Icebox Project Space, and Unexposed Microcinema. Originally from the mountains of eastern Appalachia, Marie moved to Philadelphia for an MFA in film production. She an active member of Vox Populi, one of the longest running collective art organizations in the country. Her current experimental dance film, The Road Through South Pass, was shot in residency at Teton Artlab in Wyoming in collaboration with choreographer Babs Case and Luke Zender and Michaela Ellingson of Contemporary Dance Wyoming. Website: mariehinson.com
Katie Wynne was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Wynne received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011 and has also participated in residencies at Ox-bow School of Art and the Vermont Studio Center on a Fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wynne has had solo and two-person exhibitions at venues including, COOP Gallery (Nashville, TN), Sediment (Richmond, VA), Hope College (Holland, MI), Box13 (Houston, TX), Good Weather (North Little Rock, AR), and Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX). Her work has also been exhibited in group shows internationally, including at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Atlanta Contemporary, Bethany Arts Center (Ossining, NY), Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten (Berlin), Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD), MASS Gallery (Austin, TX), Gallery Protocol (Gainsville, FL), and Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX). She currently lives and works in Philadelphia.
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