Dave McKenzie often investigates representations of the self in his conceptually driven performances, sculptures, and videos. In The Beautiful One Has Come, included in the 2014 Biennial, the artist signals his presence behind the handheld camera, a position from which he clandestinely films the limestone bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, whose name translates to the video’s title. The skittering footage reveals fragmentary glimpses of the statue on display in its glass case at the Neues Museum in Berlin. A panning shot across the gallery wall bleeds into images of an entirely different location: the graffiti-scrawled interior of an abandoned building. Ambient museum sounds give way to near silence, and the camera is steadied. The stark contrast in both filmic styles and architectural settings prompt the viewer to question not only how we navigate physical space but also how we determine which “beautiful ones” are preserved and which fall into ruin.
Dave McKenzie’s work is on view in the Museum’s second floor galleries.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace