Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art has announced a new solo exhibition by Swiss visual artist Pipilotti Rist to include sculpture and video work.
The artist’s work has developed from Super 8 films to installations spanning fully immersive environments. Defined by her liberal use of colour as a means through which to explore the body, the natural world and technology, Pipilotti’s work has even been referenced by Beyonce, who last year nodded to Pipilotti Rist’s film Ever is Over All in her heavily-acclaimed visual album Lemonade on the track Hold Up which shows Beyonce walking in slow motion down the street twirling a baseball bat.
The exhibition, titled Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean invites viewers to fully engage with Pipilotti’s work by lounging in the site-specific environment on beds, cushions on the floor or oversized furniture in a surreal nod to Alice in Wonderland. Elsewhere, visitors are encouraged to waft through floating fabric and hanging lights, engaging with the work as it is displayed on large-scale projections or tiny monitors.
“Pipilotti Rist has achieved international acclaim as one of the pioneers of experimental video art and multimedia installations,” MCA said in an announcement. “Incorporating video and sculpture, her dazzling environments plunge viewers into colourful kaleidoscopic projections which explore the relationship between nature, the body and technology. The exhibition Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean presents the spectrum of Rist’s groundbreaking practice, from her early single-channel videos of the 1980s to her large-scale audio-visual installations and recent immersive environments. Her work is an ode to the heart and the intellect, to the big emotions that sustain us as human beings and to the beauty of the world and the universe around us.”
The exhibition’s curator and MCA Senior Curator, Natasha Bullock added: “Pipilotti Rist brings ideas and feelings together, and does so through the prism of video. Her imaginary worlds carve a unique vision, with all the attendant depth and weight of painting – an art form that has culturally sustained us, and our imaginations, for centuries. Rist, however paints with lights, cameras and keyboards.”
Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean will form the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work in Australia so far. The exhibition is part of the Sydney International Art Series. It will run 1 November — 18 February 2018.