Thursday May 3rd, 2012 at 6pm
Saturday May 26th, 2012 at 8pm
at AC Institute - 547 W. 27 St. #610
May 3 – May 26, 2012
Opening Event: Thursday, May 3, 6-8pm
All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Bonnie Lane’s intimate video installations question our ordinary understandings of time and space, attempting to generate an emotional connection with the audience by creating immersive environments to be ‘stepped into’. Her video installations are often all or partly autobiographical, an amalgamation of experiences and memories, dreams and nightmares, fears and fantasies. Fluctuating at times between sinister and transcendental, she aims to draw attention to human absurdity from an existential perspective. Combining horror with the sublime, her practice addresses anxiety, fear, loss, memory, and disappointment whilst searching for comfort, connection, and resolution.
Sleepless was created in 2008 and marks the beginning of Lane’s exploration of video installation. It relays the agonizing experience of lying in bed wide-awake, wishing and waiting for morning to arrive. The experience of being alone in the dark and unable to sleep often manifests out of one’s repressed fears and paranoia and can send you into an unrelenting cycle of panic. Throughout her lifetime, Lane has spent many hours staring up at the ceiling above, begging for sleep to arrive. Sleepless re-lives the seemingly never-ending experience and pain associated with the inability to sleep and the anxiety that arises from being alone in the dark.
Sleepless has been exhibited in Australia, Canada, and Chicago and is now making its New York debut at AC Institute.
Bonnie Lane is a video installation artist born in Melbourne, Australia in 1986. Lane completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007 and obtained a first-class Honours Degree from Monash University in 2010. She is currently an International Artist in Residence at RAID Projects in Los Angeles and recently completed residencies at The Vermont Studio Center (VT), Starry Night Artist Retreat (NM), and Birch Creek (UT). Lane has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in public, commercial, and artist run galleries, art fairs & non-traditional sites. In mid 2012 she will be staging a solo exhibition at commercial gallery Anna Pappas Gallery (Melbourne), as well as showing a new video installation at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts (Melbourne) as part of the acclaimed Innovators Program. Lane has been accepted as an international Artist in Residence at Nanji Art Studio, the residency program of the Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea in September 2012.