A Monet Splendored Thing
One main quality of Impressionist painting is how pure color and speedy brushstrokes work to re-create the experience of looking, more than reasoned depiction. Shapes and spaces are ripped apart, broken down into luminal and chromatic elements, and reassembled in a volatile fashion which more closely resembles the real-world tumult of visual perception than pictorial illusions. All of this was clearly on video artist Diana Thater's mind when, in 1992, she was artist-in-residence at the historic Giverny home of Claude Monet. The pair of video-based works she produced there, "Oo Fifi, Five Days in Claude Monet's Garden, Part I and Part II, 1992," were as revolutionary in the video-art canon as Monet's paintings had been to the Paris Salon, and for similar reasons. Both halves of the piece consisted of installations of projected footage she'd shot in Monet's famous gardens. In Part I, she generated in-camera color separations that broke the images apart and projected them around the gallery; for Part II, she switched that up by separating color streams and combining several projections into a single, multilayered image. Both digital and analog, intellectually rigorous and physically funhouse, 1301PE's 20th anniversary installation sees Thater expanding the work with elaborated architectural interactions that more fully immerse viewers in this kaleidoscopic garden of art-history. 1301PE, 6150 Wilshire Blvd. Sat., Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m.; exhibit runs Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Jan. 12; free. 323-938-5822. 1301pe.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 17. Continues through Jan. 12, 2012
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