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Trisha Baga, The Story of Painting, 2012,
3-D video slide show (with 3-D glasses), color, sound, 19 minutes 1 second; acrylic-on-canvas painting, computer speaker, lamp, painted bottles, painted foam, dimensions variable.

Trisha Baga

Greene Naftali Gallery/Whitney Museum of American Art

Trisha Baga, The Story of Painting, 2012,
3-D video slide show (with 3-D glasses), color, sound, 19 minutes 1 second; acrylic-on-canvas painting, computer speaker, lamp, painted bottles, painted foam, dimensions variable.

I once considered Trisha Baga a video artist, but the appellation doesn’t really fit any longer. Increasingly over the past two years, Baga has allowed the objects that have always accumulated around her projections—which she composes from off-the-cuff footage, pop-culture samplings, and fleet Final Cut edits—to enter the rarefied space of the moving image. Such dispersion plays a large role in her most recent works. Intervening mirrors, water bottles, and bits of foam, all part of an extended engagement with notions of medium and objecthood, further enables, at the risk of belaboring, her pleasingly human inquiry into everyday interactions with media, art, and the world outside.

For her recent show at Greene Naftali, Baga exhibited work that inflects her precisely scattered video installations with traditional fare: painting and sculpture. Bag’s Circle (all works 2012)

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