LIZZY DE VITA :
THE SKY TOO DREAMS OF REST
FEBRUARY 19th - MARCH 13th
"Our sky, bereft. Our heartmuscle, lit into blue flame.
We gnaw for that light that lies beneath our skin.
We've turned to flames
Like a house burning itself from the inside out."
Ansel Elkins from "Blues for the Death of the Sun"
The Chimney NYC is pleased to present “The Sky Too Dreams of Rest” of American artist Lizzy de Vita.
Should the sky feel a longing to be other than where it is ... where can one go? Can one blame it for falling, having held us for so long? And once it slinks down around your ankles, where are you then?
Catastrophe, if we’re lucky enough to survive it, gives us an opportunity to reexamine our world and who we thought we were within it. For Lizzy de Vita, much of what is meaningful in our lives occurs outside of the structures our more cognitive selves can envision.
De Vita’s practice takes everyday moments and attempts to startle them out of their settled place in the logical, predictable world. Deliberately mis-placing recognizable relationships within other structures, her work creates disjunctive collisions that allows other meanings to emerge. De Vita’s work creates small catastrophes, situations where the world does not follow our assumptions of relationality – “I am inside, so that, out there, is outside” – and so allows us to see them as fragile, porous, impermanent.
“The Sky Too Dreams of Rest” is comprised of a constellation of video, performative, auditory and sculptural vignettes – glimpses into moments where a comfortable order is tacitly disrupted, or complexified by circumstance. She employs conceptually radical scale shifts; a reflective, yet semi-transparent “wall” of emergency blankets used by war refugees and trauma victims is abutted against an interview with a bed-bug exterminator, and bizarre pedestrian choreography. As these images come into and out of focus, the ground beneath our feet becomes increasingly unstable.
Yet, in spite of their collisive-ness, these vignettes moil into a complex cosmology that playfully, but earnestly examines ideas of place, home, and identity, and the inherent instability of each.
Events at The Chimney during de Vita's exhibition:
Performances with Andrew Chapman, David Glista, Meg Weeks and Megan Wright
February 27th & March 4th: 7:30-9:00pm (open to the public)
"Negotiating Space: Considering Interiorities and Displacement"
A Conversation with the Artist & Guests led by curator Jennifer Houdrouge :
February 26th, 7pm-9pm. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance with Sound by Lizzy de Vita, curated by Adriana Pauly:
March 11th, 7:30pm-9:00pm (open to the public)
About Lizzy de Vita:
Lizzy De Vita's practice focuses on how the formation of our many selves, triangulated through our relationships with others, is alarmingly illogical yet also creative of profound, inarticulable empathy. Her work focuses on how individual identities shift, bloat or dissipate through physical, situational, linguistic and psychological collisions.
Raised in Pittsburgh, Lizzy received a BA from Barnard College in English Literature and Art History (Visual Arts Concentration), and more recently an MFA in Sculpture from the Yale School of Art. She has exhibited works in many venues in the US, including The Andy Warhol Museum, The Invisible Dog, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Barnard College, and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.