Production stills from The Eucalypt
The College of the Redwoods Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled “Animistic Thinking and Landscape: Videos about California History and Mythology” by Nicole Antebi. The exhibition will run from September 28 to November 5, with a public lecture and reception for the artist on October 20.
This exhibition by Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Nicole Antebi features an installation of three animated experimental documentary videos with accompanying drawings, paintings, sculptural models and handmade books. Antebi works in non-fiction animation, motion graphics, and installation, and as an artist describes herself as “a student of magical thinking and landscape.” Her work investigates the ways in which our culture has embraced popular legends and mythological thinking in shaping environmental policy and how our state’s land is used. Her meticulously researched, hand-drawn video animations deftly blend both the fictional and the historical in describing distinct narratives about California history and ecology, including a story about the ceremonious arrival of the invasive Eucalyptus Tree in California, the history of the Sunol and Pulgas Water Temples in the San Francisco Bay Area, and also a curious legend surrounding William Mulholland—the controversial figure who brought water to the Los Angeles Basin in 1913. Antebi’s work is mysterious, engaging, and compelling for its level of historical accuracy, and also fascinating for its careful unearthing of some of California’s long-buried historical narratives and myths.
Installation view with The Eucalypt screening
Nicole Antebi’s work has been shown at Hive House Los Angeles, the High Desert Test Sites in California, The Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Teeny Cine’s converted trailer, Portable Forest, a Texas Grain Silo, and in the cabin of a capsized ship at Machine Project in Los Angeles. In 2015, Antebi was the animator-in-residence at Circuit Bridges, New York and she has also been recently awarded a Jerome Foundation Grant in Film/Video for her animated film about El Paso and Juarez in the early 90’s.
Handmade book covers, "Uisce" bottle and drawings from Uisce Beatha: A Mulholland Bestiary
Nicole Antebi will give a free public lecture about her work from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on October 20, 2015 in CA 139 in the Creative Arts Complex on the Eureka campus, with a reception in the Art Gallery to immediately follow. All are invited to attend. The exhibition runs from September 28 to November 5, 2015, and the gallery hours are Mondays and Tuesdays noon to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, please call (707) 476-4559 or visit the College of the Redwoods Gallery homepage at http://www.redwoods.edu/departments/art/gallery/
North Coast Journal Review by Gabrielle Gopinath: http://m.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/bookish-lookish/Content?oid=3385375
Stealing a photo with Cynthia Hooper after my talk!