Located between and within performance, visual arts, film, and beyond, Laurie Anderson’s unconstrained and multidisciplinary practice is perhaps most enduringly rooted in her attention to exceptional storytelling. In any genre, she is an unquestionably provocative, poignant, political, and personal teller of tales.
The UMMA New Media Gallery installation consists of a small clay sculpture with projected video that features what appears to be an almost holographic-like miniature Laurie Anderson telling us a story, seated with her dog, Lolabelle. Guest curated by Kathleen Forde, the exhibition builds from Lolabelle's realization on a walk to the beach that she is prey for a group of turkey vultures.
'From the Air is two small clay figures with video projection and sound that feature what appears to be an almost holographic-like miniature Laurie Anderson telling us a story, seated with her dog, Lolabelle. The story that she tells about her dog is a metaphor for the way that American life changed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.