Catherine Sullivan | Empathy

EXCLUSIVE: Excerpts from Catherine Sullivan’s film installations Big Hunt (2002), Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land (2003), and The Chittendens (2006).

Catherine Sullivan’s anxiety-inducing films and live performances reveal the degree to which everyday gestures and emotional states are scripted and performed, probing the border between innate and learned behavior. Sullivan’s appropriation of classic Hollywood filming styles, period costumes, and contemporary spaces such as corporate offices draws the viewer’s attention away from traditional narratives and towards an examination of performance itself.

Catherine Sullivan, production stills from (Left)

SEE: More images, videos, and news for Catherine Sullivan.

LEARN: Catherine Sullivan is featured in the Season 4 (2007) episode Paradox of the Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS.

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PHOTO | Catherine Sullivan, production stills from (Left) Baby Jane/Birdie Jo Infusion, from Big Hunt, 2002; (Right) Chittenden Office (The Virtuous Woman) from The Chittendens, 2005. © Catherine Sullivan.

VIDEO | Producer: Susan Sollins & Nick Ravich. Camera: Mark Falstad. Sound: Heidi Hesse. Editor: Monte Matteotti. Artwork courtesy: Catherine Sullivan.

Contributor
Wesley Miller is the associate curator at ART21. Miller co-curates the television series Art in the Twenty-First Century. He is also co-creator of the series New York Close Up.

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