Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Hilary Pfeifer's Warm at Fuller, Boston

Hello Fellow Docents,

Some of you might remember Hilary Pfeifer - from the Northwest
Biennial: Buildingwise. She lives in Portalnd OR.

She has a new installation in Boston ...

Here is a fascinating behind-the-scenes artist photo diary. Use either link.




Her email ...

I just got back from installing my new show at the Fuller Museum in
Brockton, MA. It's my
largest yet - around 2000 pieces total, all one-of-a-kind, of course.

A new page for my website will come eventually, but for now, I have
put together a photo
album online with images from its conception to final installation.

The official opening is Sunday, March 12th. (I won't be in
attendance.) Please check the
website for the Fuller Museum for more details: http://www.fullermuseum.org

The show will be at the Fuller through June 18 of this year. If
you're in the Boston area,
Brockton is about 30 miles south of the city.

Here is my statement for the show:

Every year the Lovebugs swarm. It's their mating process--traveling
in a giant mass of
writhing pheromones. In recent decades, as their native habitat in
the forests has been
depleted, the Lovebugs have migrated toward the roadways to act out
their seasonal
ritual. They are drawn to the scent of automobile exhaust fumes,
which chemically
replicates the odor produced by the female insect to attract their
male counterparts and
alert them of their fertility. Quite often, individuals in a swarm
are randomly looping,
spiraling, or corkscrewing around in a dizzying search for their
mates, rather than
following a linear flightplan.

People swarm too. In bars, parks, highways, gyms, malls. We often
gather together and
watch each other, observing our mating rites which include clothing,
gesture, demeanor.
We flirt, looking into each other's eyes for the kinesthetic cues
that it's okay to do so.
And for the cues that we should keep on going. Or the cues that it's
time to stop. We use electronic aids as well-cell phones, the
internet, text messages--all of which often bring
our swarming and mating routines further into the public domain.

Language is a big part of courtship, and it is from this place that I
chose the title for this
installation. When George Gershwin wrote `s Wonderful, he was taking
note of the way
that humans often elide the spoken word, letting some parts drop away
and others
merge. When we are speaking affectionately to lovers, our language
is softer and more
melodic than usual. Words loop from thought to thought, much like
the lofty flight
pattern of a giddy bug.

Sanjeev Narang


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