LAYERS Video Series
LAYERS VIDEO SERIES
June 15-July 1 at 118 Orchard
Creative director, filmmaker, performer and writer Alina Landry Rancier presents a ten-piece video series entitled LAYERS.
Inspired by the personal histories laid bare in the urban decay of New York City’s edifices, Alina described the series as “a metaphoric cleanse.” She wrote: “One day while waiting for the subway and in a stage of particular darkness, my eyes rested on one of those rusted and peeling NYC subway columns; its layers of paint visible; every color it had ever been, peeling away, revealing the pure naked iron it had initially started as. In this moment I wished to myself, ‘Wouldn’t that be great? To be able to just peel back all these emotional layers that I’ve allowed to pile on me through all these years… diffusing, morphing, opaquing the real me… and just return to that pure iron Alina I began as?”
The repetitive yet idiosyncratic pieces presented in Layers signify a ritualistic experience for each of the 10 participants, who were asked to arrange 7 colors in an order that related chronologically to their own lives. In requiring the subjects’ own self-reflection and awareness, their layered personal histories begin to echo the centuries of history present in the materiality of the urban city. In a minimalistic yet expressive gesture, the shedding of the heavy paints reveals portraiture regressing into purity.
Layers is an extension of Alina’s conceptual work concerned with human behavior and the effect of life experience—with all its great loves and losses—on the relationship between the inner self and the whole of humanity. Alina’s interdisciplinary practice employs new and unconventional media combining video, interactive art, music/sound and live performance in order to materialize a holistic aesthetic experience for the viewer.
Alina Landry Rancier is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She began her creative study in Communication Design at the Altos de Chavon School of Design in La Romana, Dominican Republic. She moved to New York City and continued on to receive her BFA at Parsons The New School for Design, honored with the Bludhorn Scholarship and CV Starr Scholarship. Alina has maintained her independent practice in motion graphics, art direction, and film since 2004.