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Study for “Sky Piece for Yayoi Kusama No. 5”

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posted on 2011-04-14, 00:00 authored by Mark (Orson) Panetti
This image is part of a study for an ongoing series of film and video pieces made as homage to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, referencing the visual hallucinations she first began experiencing in childhood. These “visual fields” have subsequently influenced the distinctive paintings and sculptural installations which she has been creating since the 1960s and continues to make today. Though Kusama has remained institutionalized since the 1970s, she has become an internationally recognized artist and continues to exhibit worldwide. While my “Sky Piece” series is a tribute to the artist and her work, it also is an expansion and investigation of my own moving image work which focuses on dream logic and surreal visual imagery that seeks to re-contextualize the screening environment and use the cinematic atmosphere as a meditative space for new phenomenological experience. This specific example, derived from overhead tree branches, blurs the boundary between micro- and macro-views of the world around us.


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Finalist in 2010 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences, April 15-May 31, 2010.

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