Jeanne Faust: IV
January 26 – April 28, 2013
Over the last ten years, Jeanne Faust has produced an extraordinary body of work. Her conceptual films and photographs point to a cinematographic and visual memory. She stages scenes that appear to be everyday, but that could equally be taken from a film. Moments of imagination and projections of feelings that infiltrate our perception and interpretation of images play an important part in the artist's films and photographic work. She avoids quoting from films, preferring rather to draw on the stock of cinematographic impressions that have become a part of our cultural visual memory. In her films and photographs, existing, recalled, and anticipated images dissolve from one to the next in a hybrid mixture of pose and staging.
The following is a description of the film, courtesy of the artist:
Night; a woman is seated at a desk; she faces the camera. She begins describing a projected image whose reflection can be seen in the window behind her. After she finishes the description, not without a certain amount of nervous tension, the slide is changed. This action reveals that what appears to be a curtain covering one third of the frame is in fact the arm of an anonymous counterpart. The reflection in the background changes from a blurry black and white image to an equally indistinct color copy of nearly the same image. After a brief moment of irritation and uncertainty, the woman hesitatingly begins her description again, straining herself to recall the same accurate, eloquent version of her previous recitation. The view of an opposing building is momentarily revealed and the reflection of the image being described intermingles with the obscure goings-on in a brightly lit apartment.
Image: Jeanne Faust, IV, 2005, video, 9 minutes, looped, (video still). Courtesy: Jeanne Faust