(Chicago) Gallery 400 — Jenny Perlin

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Date/Time: 30/04/2004 12:00 am

Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to
“A worry-free life or your money back”
an one-person exhibition of film, video and drawing works
by Jenny Perlin
Exhibition Dates: April 30, 2004-June 12, 2004
Opening Reception: Friday April 30, 2004, 5:00-8:00 pm
(NOTE: new day of the week and new time)
Film Screening: Sunday, May 2, 2004, 1:00 pm
In her first multi-piece one-person exhibition, “A worry-free life or your
money back” Jenny Perlin exhibits four recent 16mm silent films, a three
channel video projection and several series of drawings. Three of the films
are animated from hand-drawn images appropriated from psychological
evaluation tests, store receipts, maps, music scores, fortune cookie texts,
gardening diagrams and the like. The psychological self-help histories,
Taylorist strategies for labor efficiency and histories of US territorial
expansion in the films thread together individual psychology and social,
political and historical meaning, placing each squarely within the other.
The fourth film, “Washing,” pictures the 2002 lower Manhattan skyline
through a window in Brooklyn. In a short loop the window is continuously
wiped and washed by a single hand. That the gesture repeats over and over
poignantly evokes the loss marked on the landscape/skyline, which is also a
collective trauma endured by a society.
Drawing connections between disparate areas of contemporary modern life to
challenge the compartmentalization of consciousness, Perlin’s hand-drawn
black and white films disarm with their beauty
while quietly demonstrating the complexity of our current socio-political
moment and making a case for questioning the status quo. Three series of
drawings from which the films are animated are also exhibited.
“A worry-free life or your money back” will additionally premiere Perlin’s
new three channel video projection “Sight
Reading.” In a structuralist vein “Sight Reading” depicts three professional
pianists attempting to perform a piece of music they have never seen before.
Each pianist is shown in a separate projection, and each starts the piece at
the same time. They then continue playing at their natural speed. The work,
Robert Schumann’s piano concerto in A minor, is challenging, and the
pianists make mistakes. After a mistake, the pianist’s screen goes dark for
five seconds, and their music stops, while the other pianists continue
uninterrupted. Then the projection resumes, and the pianist continues
playing. The more challenging the piece becomes, the more mistakes the
players make, and the more the three projections turn off. In this piece,
the editing itself becomes the taskmaster, the act of cutting determines a
player’s presence as performer.
A screening of other Perlin films will take place Sunday, May 2 at 1:00 pm.
Jenny Perlin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is an MFA graduate of the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American
Art Independent Study Program. She is currently affiliated with Annet
Gelink Gallery in Amsterdam. She has screened her works at numerous
international film festivals. And in just the past year she has shown in
numerous international museums and galleries including De Appel, Amsterdam;
The Approach Gallery, London; KunstWerke, Berlin; Gallery Liquidacion Total,
Madrid; and Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. She was featured in
Statements in the 2002 Art Basel-Miami Beach art fair. In 2002, she received
a Finishing Funds Grant from the NY State Council on the Arts and was
awarded the Marvin Felheim Special Jury Prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival
earlier this year.
Gallery 400 is located at 1240 W Harrison Street one block south of the blue
line Racineˆstop.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am -5 pm and Saturday 12 pm -5
pm. Admission is free.
For more information call 312-996-6114.