Cristin Tierney Gallery is pleased to present (Un)common Denominators, an online survey of Janet Biggs’ single-channel videos. This exhibition takes a close look at the artist’s work from the last two decades, building up to her debut presentation of new video and photography at The Armory Show in September. The viewing room opens today, July 19th, and continues through August 29th at cristintierney.com.
(Un)common) Denominators examines Biggs’ videos across three main themes in the artist’s work: the Anthropocene, the intersection between art and science, and the influence of extreme landscapes and human limits. New art will be presented every two weeks, organized around these three subjects.
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(Un)common DenominatorsJulie Reiss
The video camera is Biggs' chosen medium, and she is a master of its potential, creating complex amalgams through highly sophisticated editing.
Children play marbles at a refugee camp in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Workers in Kawah Ijen in East Java, Indonesia, carry baskets of yellow sulfur on their shoulders. Janet Biggs has borne witness to these scenes and more, traveling from the Arctic to the Afar Region. She has found her way through crystal mines and driven across salt flats in the American West. She explores the human experience of distant landscapes and the mysteries of situations closer to home, exploring the mind itself as terra incognita.
The video camera is Biggs’ chosen medium, and she is a master of its potential, creating complex amalgams through highly sophisticated editing. She describes her process as using a documentary point of view as a starting point for gathering imagery, but “at some point, I need to push myself off that path, to slide sideways. For me, this is where the art happens, where the project broadens allowing for unexpected juxtapositions and convergences.”[i] By offering two disparate scenarios in a single-channel video, the viewer is invited to find connections between seemingly unrelated endeavors. The sequencing offers intriguing dialogues between scenes and sounds. With their high production values, Biggs’ single-channel videos provide as rich an experience as a multi-channel video installation. Each video lends itself to multiple interpretations, touching on themes that run throughout her oeuvre.
[i] Janet Biggs, Jokūbas Žiburkus, Jason L. Eriksen, “Art-Science Collaborations: How to Break Boundaries without Breaking Trust.” Mobile Brain-Body Imaging and the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation and Creativity. Ed. Jose L. Contreras-Vidal et. al. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-24326-5 (accessed May 15, 2021).
Janet Biggs at The Armory Show
Janet Biggs' Website
Janet Biggs: Overview Effect Digital Catalog
Janet Biggs: (Un)common Denominators