27 Oct 2017
Joan Jonas: Ice Drawing
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Reviewed by Heather Kapplow
Enter through the "Seeking Stillness" exhibition if you can - Jonas couldn't have asked for a better prelude to her work. The artifacts you first encounter in the darkened, theatrical Krupp Gallery greet you as if you were an archaeologist. They were used as tools for something, but what?
The "what," as it always is with Jonas's work, is a multilayered, intuitive working of symbols, sounds, and textures.
The two videos feature hands drawing with ice in different ways, and the difference between the two ways is a clue to the "what." In the show's eponymous piece, ice cubes move through ink and reflect back on the viewer through pendant crystals.
Reanimation, performed at the MFA in 2014, shows a mystery tool in use - and at first it seems the opposite of a tool - in the drawing of an ice crystal. But in fact, it's an aid for showcasing our ineptitude in preserving the natural world racing by us - or melting away from us.
|Exhibition||Joan Jonas: Ice Drawing link|
|Start date||24 Sep 2017|
|End date||01 Jul 2018 (45 days ago)|
|Presenter||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston link|
|Venue||465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, USA map|
|Image||Joan Jonas, Ice Drawing, 2012, installation consisting of video (color, silent, projected through structure) and structure with metal armature and hanging crystals, courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
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