View of “Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley,” 2019.

View of “Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley,” 2019.

Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Since the early 1980s, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley—working mostly collaboratively, at times independently—have made memory modern with such a determinedly light touch that their combinations of text, objects, and installations invoke several worlds at once, among them modernist design, art-house cinema, biomorphic sculpture, biology, anthropology, autobiography, and feminist art. They navigate these realms in such a way that none alone dominates. And their material inventory is equally disparate, taking in wood, colored acrylic, molded ply, resin, cast bronze, perforated aluminum, steel, firebricks, neon, screen printing, photography, and synthetic-polymer paint. Not surprisingly, then, this survey of almost four decades’ worth of work, curated by Sue Cramer and titled “Temptation to Co-Exist,” contained a wide variety of forms: video projections, neon sculptures, refigured

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