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Benita Carr and Bill Orisich
whitespace gallery
January 13 – February 10, 2018

ground.loop. is an existential journey and a modern day fairy tale. A search for connectedness and meaning and by extension a question about the relevance of art and the making thereof in the 21st century. The repetition and ritual of daily life with it drone and hum, the comfort and burden of it all and ultimate unknowingness. Through comic absurdity and solemnity (gravity) and a nod to Sartre, the work grapples with the pursuit of being.

Separated into two main viewing rooms, the installation contains three videos that act as a prelude introducing the story, the main characters and visually setting the tone and tenor of the primary video in the main gallery. While not a conventional story in the traditional sense, the work references themes and shares a fractured relationship to centuries old folk tales and childhood myths such as Le Petit Chaperon Rouge by Charles Perrault and the Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

ground.loop. is a continuation of expansive multimedia projects by Orisich and Carr. Bridging experimental filmmaking with its non-narrative structure and elements specific to installation art, the work incorporates multi-channel videos, spoken word, sound design, and performance to create an immersive experience.