January 3, 2019 - MIT List Visual Arts Center - List Projects: Mary Helena Clark
January 3, 2019

MIT List Visual Arts Center

Mary Helena Clark, A Green Shade (still), 2018. Courtesy the artist.

List Projects: Mary Helena Clark
January 8–February 10, 2019

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Artist and filmmaker Mary Helena Clark collages image and sound to explore disembodiment, hybridity, and sensation. For her first institutional solo exhibition, Clark premieres A Green Shade (2018), a new installation comprising four channels of video, and two accompanying sound works.

Juxtaposing affect with the structural logic of an apparatus, Clark asks how feeling is rendered when sense is filtered and displaced. In the content of the artworks, in the artist’s approach to producing them, and in their presentation, Clark uses technology to engage bodily sensation as a mechanism. Both the visual and aural components of the exhibition, and the textures of each, simultaneously evoke the absence of the body and the inside of one. The gallery itself functions as a cavity; a body not unlike the body of the viewer, a container reverberating in space.

Mary Helena Clark’s work has recently been exhibited at DOCUMENT, Chicago; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; JOAN, Los Angeles; KADIST, San Francisco; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Finland; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria; and screened at festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Mary Helena Clark (b. 1983, Santee, South Carolina) lives and works in New York.

List Projects: Mary Helena Clark is organized by Yuri Stone, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Fotene Demoulas & Tom Coté, Audrey & James Foster, Idee German-Schoenheimer, Joyce Linde, Jane & Neil Pappalardo, Cynthia & John Reed, and Terry & Rick Stone. In-kind media sponsorship provided by 90.9 WBUR. Additional funding for List Projects was also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

General operating support is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Council for the Arts at MIT; Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost at MIT; the MIT School of Architecture + Planning; the Mass Cultural Council; and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.

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