From Ice is a three channel projected video installation by Joan Perlman,
with sound composed by Steven Dye. Using immersive imagery and sound, the
work is a graphic representation of Iceland’s glacial waters – their
surfaces and light impacted by weather, location and time. Long interested
in the metamorphic and metaphysical aspects of landscape and geology,
Perlman’s paintings and video work eschew documentation, moving beyond
realism and transcending metaphor to tackle nature at its most elemental.
The artist’s decade-long focus on Iceland’s landscape has lent her work
unexpected implications. Through frequent visits, the artist has observed
the effects of receding glaciers and changing river patterns. The mutability
of the landscape has taken on a sense of fragility and loss; her work
resonates with a deeply felt sense of place.
A selection of paintings on duralar from a series inspired by the glacial
rivers will also be on view in the gallery. They explore moments of energy
and color, using a multilayered painting process to create surfaces of
transparency, texture and light.
Joan Perlman is a visual artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has
shown widely in the US, most recently in exhibitions at Wave Hill, New York,
David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles and
the Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland. Her awards
include an individual fellowship from the NEA, a completion grant from the
Durfee Foundation, and numerous residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Santa
Fe Art Institute and Reykjavík Art Museum/SÍM. Her work is in numerous
public and private collections. She earned her MFA from the San Francisco
Art Institute. For more information visit www.joanperlman.com
From Ice was funded with support from the Durfee Foundation and the American
Embassy in Reykjavík, Iceland. An exhibition catalogue from Perlman’s
recent solo exhibition at Hafnarborg in Iceland, with contributions by
Lawrence Rinder, Brad Leithauser and Anne Brydon, will be available at
Steven Dye is a musician, sound and film artist whose work actively explores
the formal and social qualities of the materials he is using, in particular
the boundaries between sound, image, and live performance.
His practice includes installation, instrument building, solo and
collaborative musical composition, field recording, animated filmmaking, and
As a founding member of the Film Performance group Wet Gate, Steve has
performed and presented his work in such venues as the Liquid Architecture
Sound Arts Festival, Melbourne; the Rotterdam International Film Festival,
Rotterdam; the SOUNDplay Festival, Toronto, Media Archeology: Live Cinema at
the Aurora Picture Show, Houston and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.