TZ: Micah Hesse

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Micah Hesse / kurátorka: Christina Gigliotti / Polansky Gallery / Brno / 27. 3. – 2. 6. 2018

For the inaugural exhibition of Polansky Gallery’s newly opened space in Brno, Micah Hesse has prepared three new animated video works.

Each of the works poses a question originating from the curious musings of a wandering mind. The work Air Dryer imagines what might hide behind the unnecessarily large and ineffective hand dryers found in most public restrooms. Why are the cases for hand dryers so big, when hair dryers, on the other hand, perform the same function with a much more compact form?

In Hesse’s work, a potential cover-up is revealed: vintage hair dryers are fastened to the interior casings and operate as the functional element of the dryer. With the outer shell removed, the superfluous space is explored as a formal canvas of injection moulded plastic matrices, screws, and pseudo-functional wires.

In What You Wore to Work, scenes of fluffy, questionably fashionable sweaters dangle softly in a light breeze, while a simple, yet judgmental question lingers incessantly: “You wore that to work?”. The question, conveyed in the form of a single subtitle, is never spoken aloud, nor does its presence on screen ever cease. It drones on indefinitely like a persistently lurking thought.

Office culture demands conformity in behavior and uniform. Pushing the envelope is usually discouraged and met with stares of (real or perceived) disapproval from judgmental colleagues. Consciously, many of us will have been subject to anxious self-censorship when facing our wardrobe and deciding what to wear to work. Unconsciously, many of us have also fallen victim to the archetypal dream (or nightmare) of arriving at our workplace naked. In What You Wore to Work, the dream is not arriving naked, on the contrary, the dream conjures an arrival at work wearing Celý článek zde

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