An Evening At Home

HD video 'An Evening at Home', sound and mixed media installation, 7:31 min, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, 2012

In this installation only a tall standing lamp in the doorway lights the stairs while a TV, facing the other side of the room, gives a flickering electronic light to the rest of the red-carpeted 900 sq.ft. basement. Across the dark space on the television, a video seems to depict a surreptitiously recorded tape of the artist in a bedroom in the evening, dressed in one of her sculptural pieces. Sound is audible from close by -behind the wall. It seems as if somebody is listening to Heavy Metal music and he is bawling along.

Petschnig’s carefully considered viewing environments deny the privilege of safe and passive observation, further heightening the awareness of one’s voyeuristic inclinations.