Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow @ Pier 53

If you are in the West Village / Chelsea area, go to see Gregory Colbert's "Ashes and Snow" exhibit in the "nomadic museum" at 13th St. on the Hudson River. Tuesdays are pay what you wish (children are always free). Check out the images on the website, but it won't prepare you for the incredible installation on the pier. I espeecially was moved by the video projection and found similarities between the work of Bill Viola, recently shown at the Whitney

"...Viola creates projective narrative environments that explore the nature and consciousness and universal human experiences such as birth and death. The artist's subject matter is rooted in the history of Western and Eastern art, as well as in such spiritual traditions as Sufism and Zen Buddhism."

-from the Whitney Museum web site

The same could be said about the video by Mr. Colbert if you insert the nature of the bonds between man and the animal kingdom, between primal and instinctual connections and the place of man in the circle of life. Sounds corny and a little like cruchy granola but I left my cynical self on the island of Manahatta and was transported to another time and place as I walked to the end of the pier under the canopy of the temporary structure built for the exhibit. That the show is housed in an ad hoc confabulation of shipping crates only adds to the richness of the experience.

What do you think about the Ashes and Snow images?

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