October 6 – November 3, 2001
Featuring: Paulina Wallenberg Olsson
Organized by Jane Hart/Lemon Sky Projects as a part of the constellation6 series.
Opening Reception: 6 October 2001, 5 – 7 pm.
Performance-Three Songs for Ella: 11 October 2001, 7:30 pm. Admission $7.
Paulina Wallennerg Olsson presented New Population, a synthesis of photography, 3D-animation, and the sculpture of mass-production. New Population portrays an imaginary population through portraiture, text, and song. The exhibition consisted of five portraits in the form of diptychs as well as one larger work. All of the portraits depict digitally created child-like figures that initially seem playful and familiar yet ultimately are exposed as unsettling and alien. This effect is achieved through the diptych format that yields the underlying duality in every character of New Population. Olsson’s figures appear either open or closed, exposed or concealed, active or inactive, creating an unsettling relationship between each character’s two halves.
A related performance, Three Songs for Ella took place 11 October 2001 at 7:30 pm. The performance incorporated pre-recorded sound, free improvised vocals, live computer generated sound, text, still images, and video. These elements are somewhat variable as the performance changes each time it is presented, but in essence and concept, the performance remains about the terrors of memory, and the relationship between an observer and what is observed.
Other events in the constellation6 series included Charong Chow at Coleman Gallery, Leah Singer at Acuna-Hansen Gallery and Electronic Orphanage, Tamara Fites at Post, Michael Dee and Colin Cook at Pageant.