In Lynn Sullivan: Super Impose, the artist explores found language in a series of new video works. On view at the New Media Artspace, the exhibition uses the site of the Newman Library as a point of departure. Yet, in Super Impose, Sullivan engages language beyond books, a library's customary purview. Instead, the videos play with language, signs and symbols found off the page, highlighting how symbols and words intersect with the environment.
Sullivan presents archives of skywriting, property markers, road lines, scrawled declarations of love, and carved pathways. These outdoor inscriptions appear simultaneously encroaching on and drawing from "nature." In other scenes, we witness how forces and elements of the natural environment plants, wind, water, and clouds hide, erode, and ultimately change linguistic signs. Throughout, Sullivan sequences words together allusively, as if building sentences. A new kind of language and meaning evolves as linguistic, symbolic and natural systems collide. Eventually, a spare narrative starts to emerge, echoing the sense of two coexisting worlds. These disparate systems of meaning are "super imposed" in unlikely ways, at times seamlessly, and at other times in conflict.
Lynn Sullivan is an artist working with sculpture, video, sound and public actions. Her works present social and psychological symbols that are emerging or disappearing in cultural confusion. Her work has been exhibited in numerous spaces ranging from Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles to the University of Utah to New York's non-profit Smack Mellon. Her recent projects include a large-scale sculpture installed for "Real on Rock Street" in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood; she will present a solo exhibition of folded and formed digital prints at Fordham University in the fall. Sullivan holds a BA in Cultural History from Cornell University and an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, where she teaches as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Art and Art History.
Lynn Sullivan: Super Impose is curated by Katherine Behar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College. The exhibition is made possible by support from the Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC) and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
All images appear courtesy of the artist.
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