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To meet the demands of our busiest time of the year, we ask all friends of the High Line to help us raise a total of $30,000—$1,000 for each block of our 1.5-mile-long park along Manhattan’s West Side.

Photo by Chloe Wise, Told A Vision, 2023. Video still courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech.

A Talk with Chloe Wise

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location

On the High Line at 14th Street

Join us for a screening of Chloe Wise’s recent video work, including Told A Vision (2023), now on view at High Line Channel, followed by a talk with the artist and curator and film producer Vic Brooks.

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Chloe Wise’s (b. 1990, Montreal, Canada) work grapples with the commercialism and consumerism that has permeated every facet of our lives, such that consumption has become intrinsically tied to the creation and construction of the self. In her kaleidoscopic video works, Wise blurs the line between fiction and reality, toying with our traditional expectations of advertising, fashion, and branding. Her video practice takes precise care to subvert and manipulate these sectors to the point of parody, using a familiar language that brings the audience “in” on the joke.

The exhibition But Wait, There’s More! replicates the sensation of channel surfing at the mercy of some unknown remote control holder. Told a Vision (2023) features fragments of commercials with uncanny similarities to those found on cable television, though the audience is never able to grasp what exactly is being sold. “No problems, just savings!” one commercial states. “Call now!” asserts another. “Side effects may include experiences,” a pharmaceutical spoof cautions. The exhibition also includes the global premiere of two new films by Wise, Ingredients (2024) and Priorities (2024) — both of which follow the same commercial-style format of Told a Vision. Brought together, Wise’s films present a poignant critique on postmodern consumer culture, and the fallacy that consumption can provide fulfillment or happiness. In each broken scene, the audience is advised and spoken to directly, but even the figures on screen take care to remind us repeatedly, “I do not know you.”

Artist bio

Chloe Wise (b. 1990, Montreal, Canada) lives and works in New York, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: Chloe Wise: Natural Causes at The Ranch, Montauk, New York (2023); Told A Vision presented at Art Basel Parcours, Basel, Switzerland (2023); In Loveliness of Perfect Deeds at Blouin Division, Montréal, Canada (2022); Spite Unseen, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland (2022); Thank You For The Nice Fire, Almine Rech, New York, USA (2021); Second Nature, Almine Rech, Online (2020); And Everything Was True, Heart Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark (2019); Not That We Don’t, Almine Rech London, UK (2019); Spitting Image, The Journal Gallery, New York, US (2019); Coast unclear seeks rained parade, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland (2018); and Of false beaches and butter money, Almine Rech Paris, France (2017). Notable group exhibitions have been featured at institutions including Kunstverein Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (2024); McLennon Pen Co. Gallery, Austin, TX (2023); Passerelle centre d’art contemporain, Brest, France (2022); LACMA, Los Angeles, California, US (2022); The Andy Warhol Museum, Pennsylvania, US (2021); Kasmin Gallery, New York, US (2021); Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, US (2021); James Fuentes, New York, US (2019); and Gagosian, New York, US (2019).

Vic Brooks is curator and creative producer and consults for Calder Foundation, Aspen Art Museum, and Doris Duke Foundation. She produces feature films with artist’s such as Martine Syms, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Clarissa Tossin, Aria Dean, and Ephraim Asili and is editing Tuning Calder’s Clouds (Athénée Press, 2024) on the interdisciplinary intersections of Alexander Calder’s Acoustic Ceiling (1954) at the Central University of Venezuela’s Aula Magna. A nominee of the Independent Spirit Awards John Cassavetes Award (2023), she is also a recipient of Teiger Foundation’s curatorial grant (2023) and the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Curatorial Research Fellowship (2021). She was formerly associate director for the arts at EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at RPI (2013-2024).


Support

Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen.

Major support is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Charina Endowment Fund.

High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne Adams.

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