Art in General is pleased to announce the opening of Theresa Himmer’s site-specific audio installation All State, realized in collaboration with Kristján Eggertsson. Responding to the physical and psychological parameters of the elevator, Himmer’s original score toys with our perception of movement, expectation and entrapment. Using the repetitive motion and existing sounds of the Art in General elevator as her starting points, All State amplifies an environment already attuned to heightened sensitivity, positioning viewers somewhere between real and imagined space.
In the compact interior of the elevator, Himmer’s uncanny score of recorded sounds disrupts our notion of cause and effect. Through repetition, duplication and overlap, All State mimics reality and belies function. At once, signifiers of both visible and invisible operations (the passing of floors, the machine room switchboard, the opening of doors) become hollow, irrational and destabilizing.
Theresa Himmer was born in Denmark and lives and works in New York City. Coming to art through architecture, Himmer’s project-based practice investigates notions of place, site specificity and locational identity. Himmer has exhibited internationally with site-specific installations in among others Russia, Mexico and Iceland, her base for almost 5 years. She recently exhibited at Nurture Art and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York and the National Gallery of Iceland. Himmer is currently attending the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art.