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Solo show: “Selections From Ignatz’ Nose” (over)

4 May 2000 until 24 June 2000
  “Selections From Ignatz’ Nose” Gary Tatintsian Gallery Inc.

Gary Tatintsian Gallery Inc.
Ul Iljinka 3/8 bld. 5
109012 Moscow
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The Gary Tatintsian Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of the artist Martha Burgess. The exhibition will feature excerpts from an ongoing body of work entitled “Ignatz’ Nose Travels In Still Life.” Taking as its point of departure meticulously staged and photographed still lifes, the work is presented as an installation which enlists sculptural elements and the space of the gallery to emulate the interior state that accompanies our mental wanderings as we are steered through a computer CD displayed on one of the walls. “Rather than promoting non-linearity in an exploration of visual referents, I have prioritized the concept of density: treading somewhere between the archive and the kitchen sink.” Martha Burgess Martha Burgess’s photographs are loaded with visual stimuli familiar to us from diverse real or imagined experiences: of a baby’s birthday, a meal in an elegant Chinese restaurant, a bountiful Autumn harvest. The inventory of items that populates these seven large-scale, digitally enhanced color photographs is defamiliarized, however, by the inclusion of items that don’t “belong,” such as plaintively quacking plucked ducklings at the side of a pond, a dildo alongside stirrups or breast implants shored on the edge of a beach. Both the signifiers of visual discourses as introduced by objects within the photographs -- and the icons on which one clicks to navigate through the CD, these items figuratively and literally open up alternate worlds for the viewer to explore. Via the techniques of textual and pictorial rollovers, the viewer navigates through animated sequences, sound tracks, video clips, poems, jokes and interactive stories that function as footnotes or sub-indexed texts to the visual lexicon provided by the photographs. In the interactive version of the CD, Burgess gives the viewer the opportunity to “re-mix” the visual and textual elements that comprise her rich archive; all paths return us to the still lifes themselves. Martha Burgess received her M.F.A. form Yale University’s School of Art. Trained as a sculptor, her early work concentrated on creating correspondences between philosophical constructs and architectonic objects. Living in New York since 1984, she has worked as a freelance photographer and digital consultant. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including New York venues such as Exit Art, White Columns and Artists Space. This is the first exhibition in which she has taken over the entire space to create an environment that incorporates a wide range of her artistic and technical skills, as well as her aesthetic and intellectual interests.

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