KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS
Wyn Geleynse | Nested Stories
May 1 to May 31, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 1, 6 to 8:30p
Nested Stories is a solo exhibition of Wyn Geleynse’s recent multi-media and video work. As part of an ongoing investigation of personality through creative forms of documentation, this body of work comprises several ‘portrait installations’. Each installation is a filmic rendering of an individual recounting a story, which is then projected onto a meticulously crafted diorama, morphing the two-dimensional medium of projection into a three-dimensional sculptural installation.
Central to the conceptual underpinnings of these ‘portrait installations’ is Geleynse’s sustained interest and engagement with idiosyncrasy. A series of raconteurs regale the viewer with personal narratives, undirected by Geleynse who, in creating these portraits, acts more as a passive observer than an orchestrating director.
The agency that each of Geleynse’s sitters enjoys is reflected in the ease with which their stories unfold. Accentuated by the diorama, the narratives take commonplace and largely unremarkable domestic spaces as their settings; they are animated by the content of the stories rather than a sensational situation.
Nested Stories is a technically novel exhibition that provokes compelling conceptual reconsiderations of the limits of traditional portraiture. Here, the sitters are afforded agency by telling their stories visually through their person, resisting the subject passivity typified by portraiture.
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