Much of Emily Sundblad’s work revolves around performing identities as if in a masquerade. As the director of Reena Spaulings Fine Art, for example, she has at times performed the role of Reena Spaulings, a fictional “it girl” and imaginary director of the (real) gallery. Sundblad’s recent musical performances play with the boundaries between real and fictional identities in a similar manner; in False True Love (2014), a video for a song that she recorded with guitarist Matthew Sweeney, it is unclear whether she is simply performing as a pop singer or making an artwork about being a pop singer. The song describes a lost love—perhaps the most straightforward and time-tested subject in the history of song—though the narrative of the video is ambiguous: are the events portrayed taking place in the memory or the imagination? And is what is “false” the heroine’s lover or her love itself?
Work by Emily Sundblad will be presented in the second floor Film & Video Gallery, May 14–25. View the calendar for more information.
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