OPENING ON BROOKLYN NIGHT OF THE ARMORY WEEKEND.
Splatterpool artspace is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by video artist, Stephanie Dodes. The exhibition, entitled It Equals Light and the Unknown, will run from March 4 through March 20. Splatterpool artspace is located at 138 Bayard St in Brooklyn NY.
Bertolt Brecht once said famously, “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” In It Equals Light and the Unknown, Stephanie Dodes refracts the world through dream logic and poetic imagery, resulting in two narratives that are as shattered as they are prismatic. Defying binaries, her multi-channel video installations instead explore the interstices of the inner and outer life, and how they inform each other. In other words, they are both the mirror and the hammer.
Dodes presents two speculative fictions in this exhibition, the expansive three-channel projection Everything for Nothing and the claustrophobic nine-channel Veiled Shadows. Both are staged in a hyper-stylized “non-space”, hearkening to Barney and Jodorowsky. However, her surreal worlds are populated almost solely with female archetypes and their existential angst, manifested through recurring and referential sense memories and gestures. A bourgeois coolness exists alongside almost retro-earnest delivery, some of the many uneasy bedfellows that characterize her work. A catalog with drawings, poetry, and writings that flesh out the universes of It Equals Light and the Unknown will be available for purchase at the gallery. Dodes will also be exhibiting three paintings created in collaboration with her partner Christian Kurt Ebert.
Stephanie Dodes was born in New York in 1979. She received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and her BA in Studio Art and Eastern Philosophy from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2001. She has exhibited at galleries and festivals in San Francisco, New York, Missouri, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Internationally, she has exhibited in Poland and Japan. This will be her first solo exhibition in New York.