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Reason’s Oxymorons

January 05, 2018, through March 18, 2018
Kader Attia, Reason's Oxymorons, 2015, 18 films and installation of cubicles, duration: variable, 13 to 25 minutes, 55 x 262 x 468 inches (installed overall), Edition of 3. Photo: Max Yawney. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Reason’s Oxymorons, by internationally acclaimed artist Kader Attia, is a recent museum acquisition. The research-driven video installation, which will occupy the entire space at Hood Downtown in winter 2018, consists of a range of interviews by Attia with philosophers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, traditional healers, historians, musicologists, patients, and immigrants. The conversations are organized around several themes centered on the ways in which non-Western and Western cultures approach psychiatric conditions and emotional breakdowns. Composed of eighteen computer monitors, each set on a workman-like table in a secluded office cubicle with a chair, earphones, and loudspeakers, this ambitious installation evokes an ascetic modern office environment.

Judy Crook 9

September 15, 2017, through September 14, 2018

Location: Top floor of the Hopkins Center

Judy Crook 9 is a digital animation painstakingly created by the artist Jennifer Steinkamp in 2017. Her work introduces images of nature into architectural spaces in a manner that complicates the idea of inside and outside, and built versus natural environments. Judy Crook 9 takes the viewer through four seasons in this one tree’s life—repeated endlessly to simultaneously evoke the cyclical nature of life and the ideal of infinite existence.

Steinkamp has been making works of digital art that honor her art teachers over the years. This work is from a series named after her professor of color theory at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Rather than make one animation in an edition of nine, however, Steinkamp has made nine variations on the same theme—each one significantly different.

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