Trisha Baga

Florida

27 April 15 June 2013

Trisha Baga: Florida. Trisha Baga / Parrotfish, 2013 / 3D Video on foamboard / 42 min. 50 sec.
Trisha Baga / Parrotfish, 2013 / 3D Video on foamboard / 42 min. 50 sec.
Trisha Baga: Florida. Installation view
Installation view
Trisha Baga: Florida. Installation view
Installation view
Trisha Baga: Florida. Trisha Baga / The Elements, 2013 / 3D Video on foamboard / 16 min. 24 sec.
Trisha Baga / The Elements, 2013 / 3D Video on foamboard / 16 min. 24 sec.

First you should know the space is four rooms, two and two are joined to each other and they are separated by a hallway. Basically it is two apartments right next to each other, symmetrical.

First two rooms (1st apartment), when the video starts I am walking into a room with two 3D projections on panels that are sort of leaning against each other. The first (The Elements) is of colored tissue paper floating onto wet white ground, and the second is of colored tissue paper floating into a bathtub and leaking their colors into the water (The Bather). At first, when I got to the bathtub video it was boring and I didn’t want too much time waiting because emailing video takes a while, so I came back to it later. In the room across, there is a kind of abstract 3D video (An Inconvenient Trash) of snow, also a map of America, Al Gore and digital film effects; all these layers of things that change in semi synchronization to the audio of an inconvenient truth. The audio is just Al Gore describing pictures of things so if I cut when his voice has emphasis, you can recognize the real things he describes (carbon dioxide, a river, etc) in the abstract things you are looking at. The idea is that the Al Gore big projection thing is the movie and the confetti things are like the graphs of things he describes (see how the red which indicates heat increases over time). I thought of it like the dry confetti video is before the ice caps melted and the bathtub confetti video is after.

On the dry video on the panel there is a real string, some tape, some toothpicks and some oil pastel scribbles and arrows. On the bathtub video (The Bather) I painted some feet because I was thinking of George W Bush’s bathtub painting. On the wall of An Inconvenient Trash there is a dirty towel, a line of black tape. There is also a trashcan on the floor, which when America is projected is where Florida lands. Pollution. The title of the show is Florida. I had to think of a title before I knew what the show was gonna be and I was thinking that before there is global warming we are working with dry things that are real things and objects and then after the dry things become wet and become paintings and images.

2nd Apartment, you walk into a huge mess and big projection, which is basically 40 minutes of me painting the snow in my trash yard. People can sit on crates if they want. It is the mess leftover from making all these panels and having to weigh them down with the heaviest things readily available (crates of beer and water bottles). It’s also in 3D; everything is in 3D. Everyone says the video is so funny but I don’t have that kind of perspective, and sometimes the Camera just lingers on painted snow and it feels like looking at a futuristic cave painting. It’s not edited much and the sound is natural until the parrotfish who’s been there the whole time and has seen it all, turns back time (drag queen) and the video starts over. I am wearing big trash bags taped to my legs because I don’t have winter boots. The next room is basically a bunch of those panels leaning on each other and stacks of bottles for support, making a maze of sorts and some of them will be “paintingish” things without projections and some with. The ones with will be more local in what they are about, like eating lunch, and the surfaces more specific. Dailies. Most of the painted surfaces are by product from making homemade hand crafty 3D videos.

Trisha Baga

New York, May 2013