Beneath Such Dreamy Moments: Joan Pamboukes

Sep 06, 2016 - Jul 31, 2017
The Wall

This exhibition is located at The Wall, Robeson Campus Center 1st floor, 350 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark NJ.

Reception Thursday, September 22, 5-7pm

Dedicated in memory of Ben McClellan. 

Joan Pamboukes, “Interfered interior of the Ballantine House parlor, Newark, New Jersey,” 2016, Archival inkjet print, 6′ x 19′, courtesy of the artist

Joan Pamboukes, “Interfered interior of the Ballantine House parlor, Newark, New Jersey,” 2016, Archival inkjet print, 6′ x 19′, courtesy of the artist

 

Interfered interior of the Ballantine House parlor, Newark, New Jersey is a site-specific installation, created by artist Joan Pamboukes. Informed and inspired by Newark Museum’s historic Ballantine House, the artist used readily available technology – an iPhone camera and a panorama app – through which she investigates the effects of media and interactivity in our society, and the way we experience the world through the interference of constantly evolving technologies and ubiquity of images online. Through the device’s basic technological capabilities and photographic functions, Pamboukes’ depiction of the parlor section of the house is distorted and fragmented, causing the uneven surface and pixilated texture to interfere with the present reality. The circular movement of the camera and the app’s digital ability to read certain areas and objects, or pass over them, personifies the space, making this domestic scene imaginary and fantastic. The room’s distinctive character, the scale of the work in relation to our body, as well as the distorted representation of space, conjure a psychedelic feel, as though trapped in an Alice in Wonderland moment. Experiencing this room through a photograph, rather than the site itself, redefines a moment in time, and by fusing together two disparate worlds, Pamboukes further detaches the place from its past. Observing this historical and bourgeois environment in the context of Newark’s current climate, raises questions about the role of the city today, its changing landscape, diverse architecture, and its relation to the past. Looking at this interior through a contemporary lens (literally), the space becomes almost unimaginable and even fictional in today’s world, echoing in a sense how we witness, stage and present false realities.

Curated by Shlomit Dror

This exhibition was made possible by funding from Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grant Initiative and by support from the New York Film Academy.

 

Seed Galleries – A New Initiative

The purpose of the Seed Galleries is integration: of spaces, of voices, and of intellectual/aesthetic disciplines.  Each for the five year-long pop-up exhibitions will appear in a non-art space in order to enhance Rutgers’ academic environment by expanding on the ways in which knowledge can be acquired outside the classroom.  Seed Galleries will be established through the collaborative efforts of those within and without the University context, will highlight the relevance of visual literacy in understanding our intellectual landscape, and will provide platforms for voices that historically may have been excluded from the History of Art or recognized academic pursuit.