Las Cienegas Projects is pleased to present Adult Movie, a solo exhibition by Jennifer Sullivan. Loosely inspired by Les Blank’s documentary Burden of Dreams, which chronicles the myriad adversities faced during the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, Sullivan’s new video Adult Movie explores the internal conflicts and struggles of art making, money making and adulthood through a non-linear, diaristic narrative and a fragmented melodramatized movie-within-a-movie format, reflecting upon the artist’s own past work and the desire to move forward artistically, as well as a recent residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a brief career as a dancer at a lesbian strip club.
In conjunction with this new video, Sullivan will present a series of digitally printed “movie posters”, created by scanning, enlarging and reprinting handmade collage works on paper. The collage poster prints act as poetic storyboards and montages, providing complements and alternate entry points to the narrative threads presented in Adult Movie. The exhibition will take the form of a minimal movie theater set, including a curtained off screening area, and movie posters installed outside the screening, as in the lobby of a cinema.
Jennifer Sullivan (b. Albany, NY 1978) is an interdisciplinary artist who works in performance, video, painting and installation. Her work has been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Freight + Volume in NY and Raid Projects in Los Angeles, as well as group exhibitions and performances at MoMA PS1, Horton Gallery, The Kitchen, and Klaus von Nichtsaggend gallery. She has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Ox-Bow, Yaddo and Voom HD Lab, and her videos are included in the Geisel Library collection at the University of California in San Diego. Sullivan received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, New York and BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She currently lives and works in Ridgewood, NY.
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