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Curated by Christina Strassfield.
Laurie Anderson is an avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects. Initially trained in violin and sculpting, Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in New York during the 1970s, making particular use of language, technology, visual imagery and electronic music. All of these elements are still a vital part of her artistic output.
Laurie Anderson is first and foremost a renowned storyteller. In every medium from painting to monologue, the artist is able to construct evocative narratives that transport viewers to a visual realm. This exhibition at Guild Hall is divided into three components that highlight various media that Anderson works in, allowing the visitor to experience the genius of this unique artist. The three components are video performance, drawings, and virtual reality.
Perhaps best known for her performance art in which she uses films and projections in her stage shows, which display her immense talent of combining the spoken word, visuals, music and sounds to create an energy infused experience. She has done everything from short Public Service Announcements on issues that she deems important or comical to her most recent directorial work in Heart of A Dog, 2015. Anderson has been the writer, performer, and director of a vast body of work some of which will be available for the visitor to immerse themselves: Heart of a Dog, Carmen, What You Mean We? Hidden Inside Mountains, Home of the Brave and Six PSA’s.
In 2011, the death of Laurie Anderson’s dog, Lolabelle, triggered a series of works, including Lolabelle in the Bardo. A practicing Buddhist, Anderson imagined her dog in the Bardo— a place in which, according to The Tibetan Book of the Dead, all living things must spend 49 days in preparation for reincarnation. Anderson’s large-scale, 120 x 168 inches, charcoal drawings depict Lolabelle’s journey. The works are impressive in scale and emotion. There is a frenetic energy to the works that invites the viewer to enter this other-worldly space.
Anderson’s use of virtual reality takes her storytelling to the next level, creating a total aural and visual atmosphere that enables participants to have the sensation of flying, traveling through solid surfaces, or entering an imaginary space or scenario. This medium is new for the artist. Anderson has worked with Hsin-Chien Huang, her Virtual Reality collaborator. Huang is a new media creator who works in art, design, engineering and digital entertainment. His career explores the cutting edge technologies in art, literature, design, and stage performance. Together they are generating an innovative approach to public engagement with Anderson’s artistic vision transformed to this new media.
In Chalkroom the participant flies through an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories. Once you enter you are free to roam and fly. Words sail through the air as emails. They fall into dust. They form and reform. Chalkroom was the Winner of the Best Virtual Reality Experience at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. A second Virtual Reality piece titled Aloft gives the participant the sensation of being in an airplane that comes apart. You find yourself suspended in air with all the plane components floating around you as you enter blue abys.
Laurie Anderson continues to write, perform and present her artistic vision for all to enjoy.
Anderson was the recipient of the 2011 Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts and reside in New York City and East Hampton.
Laurie Anderson ArtistLaurie Anderson who was the recipient of the 2011 Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts will be showcased in all three museum Galleries. Anderson is an avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects. Initially trained in violin and sculpting, Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in New York during the 1970s, making particular use of language, technology, and visual imagery. All of these elements are still a vital part of her artistic output.