Over the past year, Andrew Elijah Edwards wandered Denver with his smartphone, snapping images of what he describes as “natural spaces void of humans…the nooks and crannies where the rawness of nature and reality is still living.” These photographs became the ingredients for Edwards’s new video installation, The Deep Novelty Harvest Colony.
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The installation, which debuts tonight at Hinterland, also reveals Edwards’s obsession with the stereoscopticon — a device featuring two images on a card that delivers a powerful optical illusion: Viewers see the two pictures merged into one, a new image with greater depth and dimensionality. Using a revamped version of this nineteenth-century technology with hand-drawn and stop-motion animation, Edwards invites us to see reality afresh, without the interference of language. “What I’m trying to get at is the visceral quality of being an embodied person,” he explains. And with that, he places himself in a long line of artists who have resisted the primacy of language, instead attempting to use pure art to reconnect viewers with the pre-symbolic, the essential and the real.
The Deep Novelty Harvest Colony opens at 6 p.m. at Hinterland, 3254 Walnut Street, where it will remain up through May 2 (gallery hours are by appointment only). For more information, go to hinterlandartspace.com or call 720-309-1764.
Fri., April 11, 6-11 p.m.; April 11-May 2, 2014