Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Wake (or After You've Gone)

We're getting excited for our newest exhibition at the City Art Center which Opens This Friday at 6pm!
For November, the CAC is hosting artist: Jenny Fine as she shares her darkly comedic yet lovely photographs in combination with a performative installation.
"Performative Installation?" you ask. Well, Jenny is transforming our gallery into a set for a performance that coincides with the narrative subject matter within her photographs. Her work is based on personal experiences with her family in rural Alabama. Jenny Fine translates her memories and family histories into fantastic imagery that includes pigs coming to life as stand-ins for the people that make up these stories.
Years ago, her family raised pigs on the farm, but tragically had to euthanize them all in one day due to a disease outbreak. In the Fine family, this was known as "The Saddest Day" and is the springboard for this work.

From The Saddest Day Series

The performance is a looping portrayal of a wake after the loss of a family member. The cast is "Flat Granny", a cardboard cut-out of Jenny's grandmother and a slew of pig characters.
Please stop in at any time this Friday, November 4 from 6-9pm to experience this unique creation! The performance is Friday only, however the set, props, and photographs will continue to be on display
until Saturday, November 26, 2011. Jenny Fine will be present at the opening reception and she will return to give an informal artist talk on Friday, November 18 at 7pm. These events are free and open to the public. We encourage you to join us in conversation surrounding this work. As always at the CAC, we hope to provide the community with engaging art experiences and hope that you enjoy this incredible art work!!!

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