Under the Wallpaper
November 13 - December 6, 2018
Elizabeth Leister Visiting Artist Talk:
Thursday, November 15, noon – 1 pm
with a reception to follow
The MSJC Art Gallery is pleased to present a new solo
show by Elizabeth Leister, Under the
includes a virtual reality experience, drawings,
writing and photography. The works were
inspired by the feminist text The Yellow
Wallpaper written in 1932 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Rockhaven
Sanitarium in Glendale, California.
Rockhaven was the first mental health facility for women, founded by a
woman, in the United States.
The show includes, The Rockhaven Creepers Trilogy, a
cinematic virtual reality experience that allows the viewer to enter the space
of the abandoned sanitarium. Rockhaven
becomes the set and one of the main characters in the exhibition. The VR experience uses three rooms of the
sanitarium that the dancers respond to.
Each of rooms is inhabited by a dancer/character, who through movement,
embodies the various "nervous disorders" associated with female
health in the 1930's and even through present day.
This exhibition fuses
many types of art production that might on the surface seem disparate but in
the expert production and conceptual presentation by Leister produce a poetic
experience that disarms the viewer and bridges an emotional gap between the
past and new technology. As the viewer
puts on the VR headset and immerses their self in the ghostly world of the
sanitarium and Leisters vision they at once feel a sense of connection and
emotional intimacy with the women performing and a detachment as they can never
fully occupy the same space as the female dancers.
Lester received an MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Fine Arts
at Bard College and a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Leister is Assistant Professor of Multimedia Production
in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at CSUN. Her
work has been presented at the Torrance Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art,
The Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and the
Delaware Museum of Art; The Drawing Center, Art in General, Apex Art and P.S.
122 in New York, Counterpath in Denver and Highways Performance Space and Gallery
in Santa Monica in addition to various artist run spaces
- Thursday, 10 - 4 pm
MSJC Art Gallery
N. State St. Building 1400
San Jacinto, CA 92583