5:40 minute loop
six channel video and sound installation in the round, cyclorama
MEADOWLARK is a collaboration by choreographer Ann Carlson, performance artist Bently Spang and video artist Mary Ellen Strom. The work is set in the round to reference early twentieth century cycloramas. The video installation is in conversation with Frederic Remington's work "Indian Simulating Buffalo" painted one hundred years ago in 1908. This painting was re-staged as a video on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in 2008, to spotlight the rapidly changing landscape of the American West. Carlson, Spang and Strom present a critical view of Remington's pictorial narrative, as they question the potential dangers and power of art's impact on the historic record. MEADOWLARK reiterates this form of spectacle through contemporary technology to transport the viewer to a landscape impacted by climate change and years of extraction.
2010 Alexander Gray Gallery, NYC
2009 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2009 Archie Bray Center, Helena, MT
Public Collection: DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
MEADOWLARK was commissioned by the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA and with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT. Additional support was received through an Art Matters project grant.