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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Michelle Stuart: Silent Movies at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

Image Above: Michelle Stuart, Night Over Alice Springs, 2013. Copyright Michelle Stuart courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

 

Michelle Stuart’s solo exhibition, “Silent Movies”, creates a visual space for the viewer to wander and contemplate. Acting as a director, she activates and visualizes intangible memories through re-contextualizing appropriated vintage images and her own photographs in groups.

MS_A-Foreign-Territory Within_LRMichelle Stuart, A Foreign Territory Within, 2013. Copyright Michelle Stuart courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

MS_Dangerous-Liaisons_LRMichelle Stuart, Dangerous Liaisons, 2014. Copyright Michelle Stuart courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

The variable narratives produced by the interactions among images resonate with personal memories of the audience. The theme of each work varies, ranging from historical events to nature and cosmos. The photographs within the black frames and the white space among these images contain rhythms that can stimulate the memories deep inside the soul. Moreover, Stuart’s work makes the viewer experience and pay attention to the very process of recollection itself.

MS_Rue-Cart_HRMichelle Stuart, Rue Cart, 2013-14. Copyright Michelle Stuart courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

MS_Sacred-Solstice-AlignmentCC-LRMichelle Stuart, Sacred Solstice Alignment, 1981/2014. Copyright Michelle Stuart courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

MS_Vaucluse_LRMichelle Stuart, Vaucluse, 2014. Copyright Michelle Stuart courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

Text by Ranran Fan

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