Artist Cécile B. Evans is opening another solo show at Seventeen Gallery this fall, titled Hyperlinks and running along side theA Picture is no Substitute group exhibition at the London art space from October 15 to December 6.
The video work takes its title as the subject, or metaphor, of the show, and its description on the gallery website consists of a glossary of terms and works, the kind that would be hyperlinked in any digital text we read nowadays with words like “render” and “dissociative order”, works like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, Herzog’s Land of Silence and Darkness, the ’60 adaptation of Redon’s Eyes Without a Face.
Alternately, on the show’s press release send around by Seventeen Gallery, the only information provided is this surreal, script-like dialogue, narrated by the CGI rendering the late Philip Seymour Hoffman:
INVISIBLE WOMAN: Hi PHIL.
CUT TO THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AND HER PARTNER SITTING ON A BLANKET. SHE READS A COPY OF THE INVISIBLE MAN AND HE LOOKS STRAIGHT INTO CAMERA. THERE IS A BANANA TO THE LEFT OF THEM.
INVISIBLE WOMAN: How are things?
PHIL: You know, ok. We have an audience by the way.
INVISIBLE WOMAN CLOSES HER BOOK, PUTS IT DOWN, AND CROSSES HER FEET.
IW: Oh. Thanks for letting me know.
PHIL: Does that change things for you?
IW: Indefinitely. Up until now, I’ve been completely invisible.
PHIL: Well, until before you were.
IW: Right. I’ve been this way for a long time, and it’s getting hard to remember that part of me.
PHIL: How old are you anyway?
CUT TO INVISIBLE WOMAN PEELING A BANANA.
IW: Pretty old.
PHIL: Your hair doesn’t look old.
IW: I haven’t had it for long.
PHIL: Well, you know what they say about older women…
IW: … they become invisible.
See the Seventeen Gallery exhibition page for details. **