The Company is pleased to present The Scrying Trilogy, Jen DeNike’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The Scrying* Trilogy incorporates three new works: Another Circle, Crystal Forest and Hydromancy, each expanding on the ballet SCRYING, which debuted at the Museum of Modern Art in New York earlier this year.
The Scrying Trilogy is significant to Los Angeles as it completes a cycle that began with a ballet workshop of Scrying in Santa Monica last summer. DeNike, in collaboration with choreographer Melissa Barak, realized the three-act ballet in the Balanchine tradition using six dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet.
Another Circle, a single channel video projection depicts a ballerina in classical tutu and toe shoes spinning in what appears to be an infinite pirouette, a corporeal enactment of scrying. During the opening reception at The Company, the original ballerina from the video will perform -- mirroring and reacting to the hypnotic action of the video.
The physicality of Another Circle is transferred through Crystal Forest, sculptures consisting of crystals mined by the artist near Hot Springs, Arkansas in the summer of 2010. As a form of an archeological dig, DeNike selected specific crystals ranging in size, and then in a ceremonial bath infused each with magick to be used as a conduit for scrying. The crystals are placed on custom-made steel pedestals as still-lifes.
Water is another element used for scrying that is explored by the artist in Hydromancy, which is part performance/part sculptural installation. Rows of black bowls filled with water are placed in circles, while a performer slowly moves between them -- conjuring divination through the water. When the performer is not there, a circular mirror is placed in the center of the bowls on the gallery floor.
JEN DENIKE lives and works in New York City. Her work has been exhibited internationally including: MOMA, Kunst Werke, P.S.1., Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Brooklyn Museum, CCS Hessel Museum, EMPAC, Tensta Konsthall Sweden, Duve Berlin, Smith-Stewart, MOCA Miami, Printed Matter NY, and the Performa Biennial. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Julia Stoschek Collection. Jen received her MFA from Bard College in 2002.
*Scrying is a practice of magic or divination that involves seeing visions through physical mediums like water, a mirror, crystals, or reflective surfaces.
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