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The increasing global phenomenon of sinkholes are taken as a point of departure; mining the sudden collapse of the earth’s surface as a metaphor for unexpected gaps, cognitive failures, and chance detours. One hundred individual sinkholes, sourced from online data are rendered in graphite on a 16mm loop, each insistently filling the emptiness of the void. As a sinkhole emerges, it quickly disappears into the unsteady rhythm of the animation, undermining its monumental scale, abstracted into geometric lines.
Jenny Perlin (b. 1970, Massachusetts) currently lives and works in New York. She received her BA from Brown University in Literature and Society, her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, and did postgraduate studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Her films have been shown at numerous venues including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Mass MoCA, Massachusetts; MoMA, New York; Guangzhou Triennial, Canton; and at the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals.
Courtesy: the artist and Simon Preston Gallery
Format: Single-channel 16mm film installation, Black/White, silent
Running time: 14 min
Language: Without dialogue