Sip My Ocean: Pipilotti Rist’s landmark Australian exhibition
Shortly before entering art school, Elizabeth Charlotte Rist took the name Pipilotti, combining her childhood nickname, Lotti, with Pippi Longstocking, the heroine of the Swedish children's book series. Rist's identification with the girl-adventurer-a playful yet fiercely independent orphan who possesses super-natural strength-is evident in her approach to art.
This is an artist who views the world through a sparkly, kaleidoscopic lens, who readily borrows from popular culture, exploring feminist agendas and reminding us to never lose our sense of wonder, to seek beauty and magic in the little things.
The New York Times praised her 2016 exhibition at the New Museum "the most bedazzling pieces of light art you may ever see", and now the ground-breaking video artist is unleashing her glitter cannon on Sydney audiences, marking her largest Australian survey ever.
Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean, showing from November 1 to February 18, presents the spectrum of Rist's groundbreaking practice, from her early single-channel videos of the 1980s to her large-scale audio-visual installations and recent immersive environments.
Incorporating video and sculpture, her dazzling environments plunge viewers into colourful kaleidoscopic projections which explore the relationship between nature, the body and technology. Her work is an ode to the heart and the intellect, to the big emotions that sustain us as human beings and to the beauty of the world and the universe around us.
The exhibition is choreographed as a sequence of different viewing experiences. Viewers are invited to sit down, to walk through a forest of hanging lights and a maze of floating fabric, or to lie down on beds or rest on a wild cushion on the floor.
From oversized furniture in an 'Alice in Wonderland' room to large-scale projections and miniature monitors, and from projections on beds, from mirror balls, onto couches and cushions, this exhibition highlights the artistic and technical evolutions of Rist's work and its euphoric engagement with the world we live in and the spaces we inhabit.
Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean will lull you into a sensuous summer daze from November 1, 2017 to February 18, 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Tickets are available from: mca.com.au/pipilotti-rist/tickets
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