Artist: Mary Helena Clark
Venue: MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge
Curated By: Yuri Stone
Date: January 8 – February 10, 2019
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Mary Helena Clark (b 1983, Santee, South Carolina) works in film, video, and installation, manipulating traditional narrative conventions in cinema to render dissociative states and surreal environments. Her work uses the language of collage to explore ideas around disembodiment, hybridity, and sensation. Her films shift seamlessly between perspectives, both implicating and keeping the viewer off balance. She pulls from the graphic, spatial, and sensorial connections across subjects, articulated in works that include single-channel films, immersive multi-channel installations, and sculptural sound works. Clark uses a poetics that can feel foreboding, a product of balancing affect and reason, hinting at a deeper coded logic.
Mary Helena Clark’s work has recently been exhibited at DOCUMENT, Chicago; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; JOAN, Los Angeles; KADIST, San Francisco; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Finland; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria; and screened at festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. This is her first solo institutional exhibition.