Video Installation "Vortex" by Natasa Prosenc Stearns
"Vortex" has had several different incarnations. It was originally created as a video of swirling terrestrial elements with a nucleus, which pulled everything endlessly towards its dark center. As such it was premiered at the Venice Biennale and it will be shown as a night window projection at Wallspace gallery in February 2013.
The prints that accompany this installation were created as mosaics viewable during daylight hours. The images were assembled with 182 pieces, which converge in an intentionally imperfect way. This process created movement, even in a still print. "Vortex Mosaics" were introduced to the public in Natasa's exhibition at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington, and will be now shown for the first time in Los Angeles.
Natasa is a Slovenian artist and filmmaker based in Venice, California. She earned her BA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubijana, Slovenia where she began making video pieces, gradually expanding her practice towards installations, films and prints. In 1997 Natasa travelled to Los Angeles on a Fulbright Grant for her MFA in Film and Video at Cal Arts, she has represented Slovenia in the 48th Venice Biennale and various international shows around the world.
The video installation will play every evening from dusk through the night until February 28th viewable from the sidewalk and within the gallery.
The first video installation at wallspace, "Innocence Dissolved", was presented last August 2012 and then repeated as part of 10th year retrospective of Tarfest, curated by LACMA's Holly Harrison.
Opening reception at wallspace for "Vortex" on Thursday, February 7th from 7pm - 9pm.