The Map Is the Territory: New and Recent Work by Van McElwee
SLIFF presents a program surveying new and recent work by Van McElwee, including the world premieres of "The Map Is the Territory" and "Unnatural Selection." St. Louis’ premier video artist, McElwee is a professor of electronic and photographic media at Webster University and has produced an award-winning body of work that includes more than 90 single-channel pieces, installations, and web projects.
A visual echo of the brain’s processing of older impressions into totally new forms.
A world map flows into alternate realities, with coastlines drifting and borders shifting, as a radio searches through an endless spectrum.
A procession branches into clouds of variation; one as many, many as one.
Images of fragile membranes, broken boundaries, and ethereal plumbing.
Depth is hijacked and used as an imaginal space, shared by artist and viewer.