In Passing – Chris Fraser // Hall of Conversation – Emily Nachison

We were able to catch the last weekend of In Passing, a installation by Chris Fraser at Disjecta. A beautiful light and color piece; the viewer moves through the dark space cleaved by slivers of light and then emerges at the end of the tunnel to a bright play of light, color and shadow. It was obviously hard for anyone to resist the urge to entertain themselves with the shadow of their own body, cast in triple by the hanging bulbs.

 

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In the Vestibule was an equally as impressive, albiet smaller, work by Emily Nachison. Her delicate cast glass installation was heart-stopping (maybe that was just me, bull-in-a-china-shop syndrom). Bellow is the statement about the piece from the Disjecta website:

Hall of Conversion investigates the transformation of matter. The installation will be comprised of hanging scales that span the length of the Vestibule. Each scale will balance a set of cast glass sculptural pieces that share the same weight and volume. The glass pieces will shape shift from one form to the next, illustrating natural cycles of growth and decay, while retaining the same volumetric proportion. This piece serves as a reflection of our ever-changing, yet never dying, world. Our world is one of transformation and not destruction.

Emily Nachison’s work explores the human perception of nature. Drawing from anthropology, geology, and the decorative arts, the sculptures and installations are a hybrid of synthetic and natural accumulation. Mythology and New-Age idealism become starting points for an investigation into the cultural creation of landscape. Nachison’s process mimics organic growth and geological sediment, resulting in experiential installations using a variety of materials including fabric, glass, and wood.

LA-based Half Cut Tea made a short documentary about her life and studio practice, some of which was filmed at Disjecta.

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