Following a successful Thomas Lawson exhibition produced by LA><ART at PARTICIPANT INC in New York in 2009, PARTICIPANT INC in turn presents solo exhibitions by Laura Parnes and by Lovett/Codagnone as part of a continued exchange. This collaboration between the two non-profit galleries highlights the role that these organizations play in their respective cities, offering an alternative voice and a set of production conditions determined by experimentation and innovation. The exhibition in Gallery One will debut a new video installation by Laura Parnes, entitled County Down. As with many of her past projects, Parnes aims to blur the lines between conventions of storytelling, integrating video art and narrative.
Laura Parnes’ County Down is a cross-platform, episodic, single-channel video that explores an epidemic of psychosis among the adults in a gated community that coincides with a teenage girl’s invention of a designer drug. Mirroring rave culture and the unbridled optimism in technology of the 1990s, County Down presents a society so obsessed with novelty and consumerism that it euphorically embraces its own destruction. The film’s protagonist is an adolescent girl who develops a designer drug with potentially apocalyptic side effects. The cast of County Down features a diverse group of multi-generational, New York-based artists and performers.
About the Artist
Laura Parnes lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain; Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY; Kusthalle Winterhur, Switzerland; Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN; Cinematexas, Austin, TX; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; The Whitney Museum of American Art (1997 Whitney Biennial), New York; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Anglees; and Deitch Projects, New York, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.