Shana Moulton

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Exhibition view, ‘Whispering Pines ∞’, Shana Moulton (with Nick Hallett), Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, 2018. Courtesy the artist & Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich.
Exhibition view, ‘Whispering Pines ∞’, Shana Moulton (with Nick Hallett), Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, 2018. Courtesy the artist & Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich.

About

Zabludowicz Collection is delighted to announce the 2019 annual commission solo exhibition by American artist Shana Moulton.

In her first institutional UK solo show Moulton will present a new video work commissioned by Zabludowicz Collection, alongside selected key projects from across her highly influential oeuvre. Included is ‘Whispering Pines ∞’, a multi-channel video installation (in collaboration with Nick Hallett) first realised in this form at Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich in 2018. This is the latest iteration of the opera project ‘Whispering Pines 10’ that began in 2010 at the The Kitchen, New York.

Moulton uses video, sculptural installation, costume and performance to create a distinctive psychic and aesthetic realm anchored around her alter-ego Cynthia ­– a series she commenced on in 2002. Beset by hypochondria, agoraphobia, and general helplessness in the face everyday life, we join Cynthia on flights of imagination that seek to escape the mundane. Cynthia’s domestic environment is central to all Moulton’s works, a home populated by objects and ornaments that range across ancient totems, popular modern art, Californian new age ideologies and dollar-store kitsch.

Blossoming into sometimes joyful, sometimes troubling psychedelic escapades, Moulton’s narratives chart both Cynthia’s personal tribulations and the interwoven relationship between spirituality and consumerism in contemporary society. These lo-fi and formally experimental works flatten binaries of cultural taste and confuse chronological time, resulting in a new realm with its own internal logic of colour, texture and sound. Moulton’s perceptively humorous and emotionally affecting approach consistently reflects on themes that are at the forefront of cultural debate today: the personal wellness industry, ecological awareness and alternative models of living.

Biography

Shana Moulton (b. 1976, Oakhurst, CA. Lives and works in Santa Barbara CA, USA) studied at De Ateliers, Amsterdam; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and University of California, Berkeley. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland and MOCA Cleveland (all 2016); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2015) and 1646, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2014).

Recent performances include those at Kunsthalle Münster, Germany (2018); Parcours Night, Art Basel, Switzerland (2017); La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (2016); Museum of Modern Art, New York; Primary, Nottingham, UK; Tate St. Ives, UK (all 2015); The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Getty, Los Angeles and South London Gallery, London (all 2014).

Recent group shows include ‘Producing Futures—An Exhibition on Post-Cyber-Feminisms’, Migros Museum, Zurich (2019); ‘ANTI– | Athens Biennale’, 6th Athens Biennale, Athens (2018); ‘Dreamer's Awake’, White Cube, London (2017); ‘Health as Metaphor’, El Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, México (2017) and ‘The People’s Cinema’, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria (2016).