ST. LOUIS, June 27, 2017— The Saint Louis Art Museum will present a 2011 work by the St. Louis-based multimedia artist Amy Granat as the latest installment of the New Media Series. The film—titled “Cars, Trees, Houses, Beaches”—opens July 14 in Gallery 301.
Since completing her art studies at Bard College, Granat has participated in exhibitions at venues such as the MoMA PS 1in New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and her work is in the collections of several institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2015, she co-founded the St. Louis art space Parapet Real Humans.
Indebted to the legacies of experimental and avant-garde structural film from the 1960s and 1970s, Granat has developed a distinct visual language. Her early works were often made by cutting, puncturing or scratching the surface of the film, addressing ideas of abstraction through the materiality of the medium. Granat distinguishes herself by engaging with the full poetic capacity of the moving image—evaluating film as a technology, a narrative form and a sculptural object.
For “Cars, Trees, Houses, Beaches,” Granat shot silent 16 mm film over the course of two years. The film juxtaposes shots of the beaches of Hawaii, American muscle cars and 1950s modernist architectural spaces, including the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park. As different images flow next to each other, the viewer is drawn into the film’s loops and cycles, which create a lyrical meditation on landscape, modernism and the American dream.
“New Media Series—Amy Granat” will be on view through Nov. 12. The installation is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Ken and Nancy Kranzberg Fund.
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