Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination
Art of the Americas Building, Level 2
November 22, 2015–February 21, 2016
A pioneer in film, video, and installation-based art, Los Angeles–based artist Diana Thater has been active since the early 1990s. Thater's work emphasizes the tension between the natural environment and mediated reality and, by extension, the tamed and wild, and science and nature. Often drawing on the complex relationship between animal and plant behaviors in the context of their respective environments, Thater's evocative works occupy exhibition spaces via time, image and movement, creating discords and harmonies for the viewer.
The most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date, Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination is a survey spanning nearly 25 years of the artist's career. It begins with Oo Fifi, Five Days in Claude Monet's Garden Part 1 and Part 2 (1992), which immerses the viewer in abstractions created by the separation and overlapping of color and image from slightly out-of-register images. The most recent work is Life Is a Time-Based Medium (2014), a monumental architectural piece filmed at the Galtaji Temple in Jaipur, India.