• H A I N T

    This epic multichannel installation premiered in January 2019 at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin. Filmed over the course of three years in Croatia, Detroit and Texas, the three video channels are projected onto a trio of large cinemascopic screens and unfold in counterpoint with one another. The piece creates a haunting meditation on how we process history, both as individuals and as a culture. Drawing from motifs in my personal cosmology, H A I N T delves into the associative powers of perception, cycles of history and ruination and the spiritual energy that objects, landscape and architecture carry with them. Using Eastern European folk songs, voiceover, opera, black metal drones and ambient sound, H A I N T combines images of post-war structures, monuments and ruins that create a poetic investigation of war, memory and storytelling. The three channels have interedited imagery and soundtracks but address place and temporality in a very different manner. As a whole, they all have the emotional impact of dark cinematic non-linear abstraction that transports the viewer into a world where connection and convergence are autonomously symbiotic and magical.

    In addition to the three-channel video, the exhibition included sculptural elements, from a Wunderkammer to a bronze assemblage, and a collection of staged production photographs that intersect with the multifaceted narratives within the video. I intentionally create tableaus during the productions using the same props, locations and actors as in the film but allowing the medium of photography to expand the dimensions of the work instead of repeating the same visual information through freeze frames. The following images show the installation as well as staged photographs from all three segments of the video.