Jenny Herrick  |  New Work

"Duel"

5 minute loop, proposal for a two-channel video installation, in progress

 

"Duel" is a two-channel video installation in which the footage is mirrored and projected by two projectors, one image on top of another. A single, loud gunshot reverberates throughout a room, and the associated smoke then slowly emerges, fills the screen and finally dissipates over a period of 5 minutes. The action then repeats. At times, the smoke appears light and ephemeral while at others, it appears almost liquid. The piece depicts an action that is at once both extremely violent (the sound of the gun-shot can be felt) and hypnotically beautiful, calling to question culture’s bizarre glorification of and infatuation with violence, while simultaneously asking the viewer to consider the democracy of a gun shot. (The piece was made in response to an incident in 2006 in which the artist's husband, a photojournalist embedded with the US Army in Iraq, was shot twice by a sniper while taking photographs. [He made a full recovery].)

installation view

clip from footage

"La Cordura (or the circumference of the Earth)"

24-hour loop, proposal for a two-channel video installation, in progress

 

“La Cordura,” which translates to “The Sanity,” is a two channel, 24-hour, single-take video in which a camera was pointed directly at the sky from a point on the equator outside of Quito, Ecuador. The ensuing video traces a line around the Earth’s circumference. I envision this piece being displayed on two large, opposite walls, each projection offset by 12 hours from the other so that when it is noon in one, it is midnight on the opposite wall. The sounds from both night and day can be heard simultaneously as the viewer is asked to contemplate the simple action of the Earth's rotation within the universe. The piece immediately removes the viewer from the trivial realities of everyday life and forces them to contemplate the vastness of our fragile, changing and infinitely crucial atmosphere

installation view

diagram of video/performance

three clips from footage

"The Limits of a Function"

2 hours, 53 minutes, single channel video, 2016

 

"The Limits of a Function" would be displayed as a 2-channel video installation. Below are clips from a video in which a single sheet of paper is folded, unfolded and refolded until it falls apart, 1 hour and 36 minutes later. Nothing specific is ever constructed throughout the single shot, and there is often a sense of uncertainty in the movement of the hands. Once the paper falls apart, the video repeats in reverse, and it becomes unclear if time is moving forward or in reverse; if the goal is construction of deconstruction. As a 2-channel video installation, one video would play the entire 3 hour and 12 minute take forward while the other would play the entire 3 hour and 12 minute take backwards. The images would be projected adjacent to one another and while time was moving forward in one, it would be moving backwards in the other.

 

three clips from footage