This season featured a variety films and video works loosely connected by O’Brien’s invitation to consider “winter” (as a season and as an expanded notion) as overarching topic. The coldest of the seasons in the north, “winter” can actually signify a multitude of cultural, social, and historical conditions, often requiring moments of solace and self-reflection. The artists presented in this program offer diverse approaches to dealing with the cold and isolation that this contemplative time can bring.
While some artists point to the absurdity of hyper-consumerism that plagues the holiday season, others point to an underlying lonesomeness that comes from the high potential for prolonged cabin fever. Wry humor, coy performance, subtle narrative, geographical juxtaposition, affectionate documentation, and evocative sound are pervasive among all selections, used to break through the sheets of ice that wrap this time of year. O’Brien put together a program to bring about a hopeful warmth not just to battle the impending chilliness, but also to light the fire of a collective hearth.
Videorover, NURTUREart’s dedicated video program, aims at becoming an ever-expanding forum for emerging and underrepresented artists working in video. After the premier screening, Videorover: Season 7 were shown on rotation at the main gallery space at NURTUREart from December 16 – 23; after which, the videos moved to the Videorover Project Space, where they showed on a rotation of one video per day for the duration of the season. See the rotation calendar HERE.
Featured artwork: David Politzer, still from You Are Listening To…, 2010-11. DV, color, sound, TRT 06:57.