Graven Image +
Sierra Pettengill Program: “Set in Stone”
Live Screening featured a conversation with Sierra Pettengill and Josh Kline following his film. The VOD presentation of this program does not include Kevin Jerome Everson’s Century.
Sierra Pettengill’s archival films explore the haunting of America’s present by its past. In Graven Image (2017, 10 min), she excavates 100 years of archival footage documenting the construction of Georgia’s monument to the Confederacy, Stone Mountain, a massive granite paean to white supremacy. Following Graven Image, Pettengill brings together a program of short films that highlight objects and sculptures that form other kinds of physical remembrance. Together, they provide a wholly different guide to the physical construction of American memory. In Josh Kline’s three-channel film, Another America is Possible (2017, 4 min), the sculptor and video artist provides a ritualized glimpse at utopia. In Harun Farocki’s Transmission (2007, 43 min), hands and bodies seek out memorials and sites of pilgrimage around the world—“places of memory set in stone.” And Kevin Jerome Everson’s Century (2012, 7 min) is part of a cycle of 16mm films that show the crushing of automobiles that were manufactured in Everson’s hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.
Josh Kline (b. 1979, Philadelphia, USA) lives and works in New York. Kline will have solo exhibitions at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo in October 2020 and LAXArt, Los Angeles in January 2021. His art has been exhibited internationally, including in solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Stuart Shave Modern Art, London; 47 Canal, New York; and Various Small Fires, Seoul. Recent group exhibitions include the 2019 Whitney Biennial and New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.