The RISD Museum
Theresa Ganz: Storm Diptych
March 23- October 14, 2018
Theresa Ganz alters images of natural and architectural structures digitally and by hand, prompting consideration of how our perceptions are transformed by photographic reproductions. Storm Diptych presents video footage of hurricanes and smaller storms shot through a window and set to the first movement of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 (1785), known as the “Dissonance” quartet for its unusually modern atonality. Ganz’s imagery evokes the intense emotions and spiritual feelings inspired by 19th-century Romantic landscape painting. Distortion in the soundtrack, however, suggests the more fraught conditions of the present day, characterized by both the longing for and the destruction of the natural environment.
Ganz is an assistant professor of visual art at Brown University and a co-founder/co-director of the Regina Rex gallery (New York). Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Smack Mellon Gallery (Brooklyn), the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University (Providence), and in group exhibitions at the deCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA), Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago), Museum of Craft and Design (San Francisco), and other venues.
RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.
Theresa Ganz, still from Storm Diptych, 2015; Multi-channel video installation, 13 min.
© and courtesy of the artist.