Saturday, February 7, 2009

Exhibiting Artists: Carmen Montoya and Naomi Kaly

Honne and Tatemae (2009)
Performance with powdered glass for digital video

A wooden bowl sits on a simple gallery pedestal. It is filled with finely
ground glass, closely resembling white powder makeup.
Lighting amplifies thereflective attributes of the glass.
Behind, on the wall a large video projection
shows a body to which powdered glass is being applied.
The glass hides the true face and conceals feelings, desires
and motives. At the conclusion of the
video loop the woman is blank, unrecognizable.
Visitors are invited to wonder at the unexpected
consistency of this glass, the vagueness of transparency
and perhaps even the fluidity of human nature.

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