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Catherine Sullivan

The Renaissance Society

Catherine Sullivan studied acting before becoming a visual artist (she has degrees in both areas), and her two-part multimedia installation Five Economies (Big Hunt Little Hunt), 2002, hovers in the increasingly indistinguishable zone between these disciplines. Initially overwhelming, Big Hunt is a mural of motion: five silent black-and-white films (each a succession of short intercut vignettes) are shown simultaneously as video projections in a twenty-one-minute loop, filling a large wall. The five silent films are both unwieldy and mesmerizing as they interrelate and disperse, come together and fall apart. They were all shot in the same interior space, which appears to be an actor’s studio with a small stage, some adaptable rooms, and a kitchen area. Here a troupe of actors repetitively and obsessively works through character studies culled from scenarios that range from the broadly

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