tender archive / melika bass / installations / latest sun
Best New Video Installation
Chicago Reader, "Best of 2015"
"One of the most exciting film events happening in Chicago ...
Beautiful, yet vaguely terrifying."
Time Out Chicago
"By super-imposing image, sound, and story, Bass spawns sensory pleasures
which guide viewers around the mesmeric space."
"One of the most fascinating film experiences of the year,
and I can’t wait to see what Bass does next."
WATCH documentation video (8 mins)
Anthony and Nanty I
Nanty II and Anthony
January 18 - April 19, 2015
Hyde Park Art Center
January 19: Opening Reception
March 15: Artist Talk + Screening
April 19: Closing Reception
Bass takes over the upstairs Kanter-McCormick Gallery at the Art Center, expanding the territory of her gothic world in a new work The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast, an immersive, multi-channel installation incorporating 16mm film/video, sound, architecture, and featuring performances by Sarah Stambaugh, Bryan Saner, and Matthew Goulish.
The solo exhibition features a spatial narrative installation that delves, through movement, texture, sound, and gesture, into the psychology of a recurring figure in Bass' previous films; while also introducing two new characters, blending the past into the present. Bass has designed the installation by altering the gallery, leading the viewer through a evocative memory of place, embedding us in a timeless society of lost souls in a haunted landscape.
-Allison Peters Quinn, Exhibition Director, Hyde Park Art Center
Nanty I, 2013/2015, S16mm film on HD video, 13 mins.
Nanty II, 2015, S16mm film on HD video, 15 mins.
Anthony, 2015, S16mm film on HD video, 9.5 mins.
Jed, 2015, S16mm film on HD video, 12 mins.
Read Exhibition Essay by Karsten Lund, Assistant Curator, Renaissance Society
Made possible with support from a Media Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council.
Installation photos by Clare Britt.