October 13 - November 10, 2007
Serpentine is a projected video piece by KRISTINE MARX that transforms the main space at Fringe into an enveloping installation. It is an environment in flux. Sinuous black and white lines curve and straighten as they slide along the 30-foot gallery wall and floor towards a shifting central axis. The projections seem to soften, bend and warp the gallery's architecture. The abstract imagery moves through a series of permutations. Lines overlap and separate. They are initially sparse, then build up to a dense, nearly illegible complexity. The pattern expands and contracts, travels upwards and then slides downwards. The reflective surface of an adjacent wall creates the illusion of a continuous field. The video's sculptural presence involves the viewer on a physical level, engaging the body as an instrument of perception. Its undulating linear imagery and relationship to the gallery's architecture destabilizes the viewer's expectations of interior space. The installation points to the instability of what is seen and what is actually there.
The works on paper continue ideas explored in the installation. In the drawings, simple, repetitive, linear forms build up to create complex structures. Through overlapping and interlacing, the images play with perception and assumptions of visual order. The drawings flirt with the boundary between line/shape and abstraction/figuration.
KRISTINE MARX lives and works in New York City. In her work, she investigates the ambiguities of perception through relationships between image, space and architecture. She earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and MFA from Hunter College in New York. She has exhibited her work most recently at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, Plane Space, New York, Herrmann and Wagner, Berlin, and the Mudima Center, Milan. She has been awarded various grants including a NYSCA grant in 2007 and a residency grant from the Mattress Factory in 2006. Last year she lived in Finland for the summer as a resident artist at Kolin Ryynanen Centre for Arts and Culture. In New York, she teaches digital art at Parsons School of Design and Hunter College, CUNY.
This project is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, and with support from the Experimental Television Center.