Brain Storm

Video installation, 10 min loop

Exhibited at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Eslite Gallery, Taipei; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC; White Rabbit Collection, Sydney; Sandra Gering Inc, New York; Tang Contemporary Arts, Beijing

2009

 

In the video, a man and horse travel through an ink-wash landscape. Sometimes quiet and atmospheric, sometimes turbulent and moody, the landscape changes while the man and horse walk on unwaveringly.

In the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, it is typical for the viewer to travel through a mountain range and seasons. In this ink-wash painting-video, the travelers are a pair of silent companions that weather through a landscape that is an abstract reflection of the storms of the mind. The live-action ink-painting process creating unpredictable visual results, against the never altering movements of the travelers, renders a new artistic language of time-based landscape painting.

In the Guggenheim Bilbao installation, digitally projected black ink washed the titanium wall opposite the video screen. In The Phillips Collection installation, the video was projected onto a scroll shaped screen and an audio sound track of wind being blown through lips was added.
 

© 2019 Jennifer Wen Ma

Jennifer Wen Ma

Littlemeat Productions

New York, NY

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