On Saturday, February 21 LMAKprojects will proudly inaugurate Dissonance, a solo exhibition by Liselot van der Heijden. The exhibit will feature the artist’s latest multiple channel video installation featuring a taxidermic trophy and three new photographs from her ongoing Natural History series.
The central subject of the video installation is a trophy deer’s head, whose image is decontextualized, displaced, fragmented and manipulated from multiple positions simultaneously. Frozen in time, the uncanny deer looks alive, except for details of its physical deterioration. Removed from its original condition and context, the deer becomes the target of objectification and projections of meaning.
Real-time and prerecorded projections of surveillance video in the gallery dramatize the experience of being inside a work of art and position the viewer in a self-conscious, participatory role. The simultaneous viewpoints challenge preconceived ways of viewing images by placing the audience in a fragmented space, one that implies an exchange, while subverting the idea of sequential images as cohesive, linear narratives.
This project and her Natural History photographs continue van der Heijden’s ongoing investigation into representations of nature, the power of the gaze and the tendency to objectify “the other.” Her work suggests that representations of nature reveal more cultural, ideological, political and socials frameworks, than actual nature.
Liselot van der Heijden has shown art projects and videos throughout the US and Europe at various institutions, such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg and Centre Contemporain d’Istres in France, Smart Project Space in Amsterdam, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, ZKM Zentrum fur Medien Technologie in Karlsruhe, Germany. In the US venues include Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, the Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. In New York City she has shown works at the New Museum, the Queens Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center, LMAKProjects, Luxe Gallery, Schroeder Romero, Exit Art, Artist Space, White Box, Momenta Art and the Dumbo Arts Festival among other venues. She received numerous residencies from the Experimental Television Center and a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She has a BFA from the Cooper Union and a MFA from Hunter College.