Deep End, the Wassaic Project’s eighth Summer exhibition, draws inspiration from J. G. Ballard’s post-apocalyptic short story of Earth’s last remaining men fighting to hold on to a love, life, and their humanity. The exhibition explores themes of the strange, dystopian, supernatural, and end of world, while showcasing the work of more than 60 emerging artists, over 90% of whom are former Wassaic Artist Residents.
Deep End features five full-room installations by artists Ghost of a Dream, Elias Hansen, Holden Brown, Sarah Hardesty, and Corina Reynolds. Holden Brown has transformed the mechanics room of the Maxon Mills into the suburban American dream nightmare using imagery of mausoleums and sunken houses. Brown explores the literal and conceptual notion of what belongs above and under ground. Elias Hansen has created a darkly glowing laboratory of nefarious nature, while Sarah Hardesty offers an installation of safety, hazard and precaution with her vibrant orange branches and twine looming just over head. Ghost of a Dream’s multi-media installation better is THE END sources ending scenes from westerns to create a continuous horizon line, encircling the room with an endless ending. And on seven, the top floor, Corina Reynolds has crafted a bleak office space that highlights the comical attempts to inspire workers with motivational imagery but results in a soulless and haunting environment.
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