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Emily Feinstein

Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus)
1 University Plaza, 718-488-1051
Brooklyn Misc.
October 7 - November 5, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, October 7, 6 - 8 PM
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In From this hour, referring to a line from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road, Emily Feinstein and Ken Montgomery collaborate to create a visual and sound environment that drifts from present to imagined – to vulnerability and possibility.

The gallery, entirely constructed out of glass panes, becomes an exposed room where Feinstein’s large scale welded chaise and cot like structures, covered with layered webbing, fabric, wire and additional mixed media are on display. The integration of industrial and intimate materials, steel and fabric, create a work that is intensely personal, fragile yet resilient. Inspired by her past year of being ill, the combined elements and interweaving of materials, convey fragility and strength, a sense of containment as well as movement.

Feinstein’s installations and site-specific works are beautifully constructed fragments of places that speak of place, use and history. In the past several years, her installations have been seen at The Brooklyn Public Library, Five Myles and Katonah Museum. From this hour, explores similar terrain, yet with a new range of materials and process.

Ken Montgomery’s audio environment, created especially for this exhibition, combines his signature recordings of ordinary household sounds and appliances with field recordings, then juxtaposes fleeting sound shots of conversations, answering machine messages, storytelling and readings assembled from his own personal archive. Some of these recordings were salvaged from weathered reel-to-reel tapes he found in his parents attic which were recorded in 1959.

The sounds and voices hovering over Feinstein’s structures suggest a mental revelry of timeless sonic introspection encompassing the full range of human experience. These glimpses of audio memories attempt to obliterate the space between the present, the past and the future.
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