Camille Henrot, "Grosse Fatigue," 2013.

More Real Than Reality Itself brings together single, multi-channel, and installation-based video works by four artists who breathe new life into the medium’s familiar documentary parameters. Andrea Geyer, Camille Henrot, Laure Prouvost, and A. L. Steiner use video as a vehicle to communicate their unique understandings of the world. Their works expose video’s capacity for poetry, its materiality, and its ability to suggest alternative futures by reframing how we see the present. Through affecting emotional responses, their works offer us new ways to understand and inhabit the world we share.

Focus on French Artists

Two of France's upcoming contemporary artists are featured at this exhibit:
- Camille Henrot, represented by Kammel Mennour who won the Silver Lion Award of the most promising young artist at the 2013 Venice Biennale
- Laure Prouvost, winner of the Turner prize in 2013

Camille Henrot developed her single-channel installation Grosse Fatigue (2013) during a residency in Washington, D. C. as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. Given permission to film the broad and diverse collections of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, Henrot tasked herself with telling the story of the creation of the universe. In this work, which garnered the artist a Silver Lion award as the most promising young artist at the 2013 Venice Biennial, Henrot represents her strain to synthesize diverse and even discordant religious, philosophical, hermetic, and oral beliefs and traditions with a dense proliferation of ubiquitous desktop computer windows. Layering Internet clips with footage Henrot shot in the Smithsonian, Grosse Fatigue is a haptic exploration of the evolution of culture and systems of knowledge.

In her single-channel videos It, Heat, Hit (2010) and How To Make Money Religiously (2014), Laure Prouvost relishes in playing the part of the unreliable narrator; her rapid-fire, short-form works alternately suggest then dissemble any sense of narrative resolution. The stories she shares are like roadmaps that send us into a series of dead ends and cul-de-sacs where we’re encouraged to turn around and get back out on the road. Prouvost intersperses barrages of sound and moving images with graphic textual layouts that briefly suggest we may have obtained a stable point of reference, but we can see her pleasurable smile as she pulls the rug she’s led us onto out from under our feet. Prouvost is the recipient of the 2013 Turner Prize.

More information about the artists, check out Camille Henrot and Laure Prouvost' websites.

More Real Than Reality Itself is curated by Dean Daderko, Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. For more information and to read about the other artists, please visit The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston Texas 77006

More Real Than Reality Itself

When
June 27 - September 21, 2014
Where
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston Texas 77006

Camille Henrot, "Grosse Fatigue," 2013.

More Real Than Reality Itself brings together single, multi-channel, and installation-based video works by four artists who breathe new life into the medium’s familiar documentary parameters. Andrea Geyer, Camille Henrot, Laure Prouvost, and A. L. Steiner use video as a vehicle to communicate their unique understandings of the world. Their works expose video’s capacity for poetry, its materiality, and its ability to suggest alternative futures by reframing how we see the present. Through affecting emotional responses, their works offer us new ways to understand and inhabit the world we share.

Focus on French Artists

Two of France's upcoming contemporary artists are featured at this exhibit:
- Camille Henrot, represented by Kammel Mennour who won the Silver Lion Award of the most promising young artist at the 2013 Venice Biennale
- Laure Prouvost, winner of the Turner prize in 2013

Camille Henrot developed her single-channel installation Grosse Fatigue (2013) during a residency in Washington, D. C. as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. Given permission to film the broad and diverse collections of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, Henrot tasked herself with telling the story of the creation of the universe. In this work, which garnered the artist a Silver Lion award as the most promising young artist at the 2013 Venice Biennial, Henrot represents her strain to synthesize diverse and even discordant religious, philosophical, hermetic, and oral beliefs and traditions with a dense proliferation of ubiquitous desktop computer windows. Layering Internet clips with footage Henrot shot in the Smithsonian, Grosse Fatigue is a haptic exploration of the evolution of culture and systems of knowledge.

In her single-channel videos It, Heat, Hit (2010) and How To Make Money Religiously (2014), Laure Prouvost relishes in playing the part of the unreliable narrator; her rapid-fire, short-form works alternately suggest then dissemble any sense of narrative resolution. The stories she shares are like roadmaps that send us into a series of dead ends and cul-de-sacs where we’re encouraged to turn around and get back out on the road. Prouvost intersperses barrages of sound and moving images with graphic textual layouts that briefly suggest we may have obtained a stable point of reference, but we can see her pleasurable smile as she pulls the rug she’s led us onto out from under our feet. Prouvost is the recipient of the 2013 Turner Prize.

More information about the artists, check out Camille Henrot and Laure Prouvost' websites.

More Real Than Reality Itself is curated by Dean Daderko, Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. For more information and to read about the other artists, please visit The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

 

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