The Garden Of Instance, 2013

Video Still

Photo David Marks

Photo David Marks

Photo David Marks

Photo David Marks

Photo David Marks

Photo David Marks

Photo David Marks

Description

15 Nov 2013 – 15 Dec 2013 · Linden Centre fro Contemporary Arts · Melbourne, Australia

As part of Linden Innovators 3 Programming.

Filmed in 2012 during Santina Amato’s Artist-In-Residence program at New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation in Brooklyn, New York and post produced during her current Artist-In-Residence program at Artspace Visual Arts Centre in Sydney, Australia, The Garden of Instance brings together three of the artists American friends into a surrealist wonderland commenting on beauty, desire and self-perception. Each character was given simple instructions to perform and were then filmed infront of a two way mirror, individually, within a green screen film studio. The women were aware that they were being filmed but could not see the camera behind the two way mirror. Each character performs various acts; one takes ‘selfies’, the other applies make-up and the third character laughs hysterically at her own reflection. Projected life size with an analogue approach to creating the latest trend in 3D film, The Garden of Instance creates a world where the viewer can physically immerse themselves into an alternate world.

Below is an excerpt of Linden Innovators 3 exhibition catalogue also available to view in full by following the link below.

Santina Amato distorts time and space by using video like sculpture. Her compositional frameworks draw the viewer into unfamiliar, sometimes surreal, physical and psychological spaces that elicit new experiences and thoughts. In her continued exploration of femininity and female identity, The Garden of Instance does this by placing moving images of three female stereotypes in a three-dimensional ‘Garden of Eden’. Here we have a naked ‘Eve’ taking selfies on her mobile; a woman in a dress who sits laughing self-consciously on a rocking chair; and a tattooed woman in a leotard applying make-up to her face. Filmed independently and at different times from behind a two-way mirror, each acts to their own reflection so they are completely disengaged from the viewer and appear as haunting impressions or instances of feminine behavior that hover it time and space: the ‘natural’ and ‘first woman’; a 20th Century cinematic Doris Day-like ideal; and an example of 21st Century body-modifying culture. – Kirsten Rann, November 2013

An interview with the artist speaking about the exhibition at Linden Contemporary Arts Centre can be listened to by clicking this link.

http://www.lindenarts.org/mediaPopup.php?path=/media/15053/santina_amato.mp3&type=quicktimesound&width=300&height=32&autoPlay=1&loop=0&controller=1&quality&windowTitle=Santina+Amato