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Ruth Bachofner Gallery  is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Natasa Prosenc-S tearns.

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Natasa Prosenc-Stear ns' project\, Backfill\, was originally conceived as part of a site-specific installation in Maribor\, Slovenia\, where the artist was born. The piece was inspired by the recent excavation of a castl e's bastion that had been backfilled in the 16th Century to protect the cit y against Turkish invasions. Originally projected onto three walls of once buried chambers\, the video shows super close-up images of sand\, rocks and other particulates falling and tumbling into striated fonnations. In the g allery\, the video is presented as a triptych which occupies a twelve foot tall wall\, enveloping viewers with the largerthan life images and sounds o f the falling matter.

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As with her oth er video works\, the installation revolves around a narrative that speaks t o principles of time and transformation. while it was originally conceptual ly tied to a specific time and place in Slovenia\, in the gallery context\, these universal themes are highlighted. The installation walks the line be tween anxiety and fear on one side and calmness and inevitability of change on the other\," the artist states. "Projections transform the space into c onstantly changing interplay of ever-mounting piles of rocks. Backfill< /em> does not just establish a plain correlation with today's hostilities a nd crisis\; I am interested in atrail. Sediment that is present here and no w as a reminder of necessity for a change. Moving images of falling rocks a nd sand\, creating layers\, infinitely piling and disappearing\, stir the t houghts about inevitable sediment-ing of not only matter\, but of memories\ , experiences\, time." 

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Natasa Prosen c-Stearns earned her BA at Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana\, Slovenia\, w here she began making herfirst video pieces\, gradually expanding her pract ice towards installations\, prints and films. In 1997 Natasa traveled to Lo s Angeles on a Fulbright Grant for her MFA in Film and Video at Cal Arts. S he is a recipient of the Soros Grant and Durffee Foundation Grant\; her wor k was shown at the 48th Venice Biennale\, AR CO Fair in Madrid\, Douloun Mu seum of Art in Shanghai\, Tel Aviv Museum ofArt in Israel\, as part of the program of European Capital of Culture and in numerous venues and festivals in USA. Natasa's exhibition is in conjunction with SEEFEST\, the leading v oice in the U.S. for the presentation of cinematic and cultural diversity o f South East Europe. The 8th Annual Festival will take place in Los Angeles \, May 2 - 6\, 2013. 

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