Untitled Video Still
from Lost in Space (After Huck)
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Artist Shimon Attie
creates site-specific, multimedia works that shine a light on what has been lost, buried, or forgotten. His installations incorporate a range of new media techniques, including projections, photography, and video, to expose the layers of history that construct our world.
In Currents 113: Lost in Space (After Huck)
, Attie draws inspiration from Saint Louis' location on the Mississippi River. He has created an immersive multimedia environment that echoes one of the river's most iconic stories: the journey of Huckleberry Finn and Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi on a raft as told in Mark Twain's 1884 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
. In the center of the room, a sculpture of a raft sits surrounded by projections of clusters of light, giving the impression that the raft is floating in a celestial space.
Objects on the raft, a corn-cob pipe, knife, bindle bag, and three sticks secured at the top, evoke a bygone era. A more contemporary police light, glowing red, is also placed on the raft. Overlapping real and imaginary worlds, Attie's installation creates a symbolic space where meanings from the past can be examined alongside important socio-political issues of the present.
Attie is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellowship
, which includes a residency at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis
and an exhibition in the Currents
series, the Museum's long-running program showcasing contemporary art. Attie's video, The Crossing
, will be on view concurrently as part of the Museum's New Media Series
in Gallery 301.
The 113th installment of Currents
is curated by Hannah Klemm
, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant. This presentation is generously supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund.