Patrick Hunt, Shady Acres, 2007, photography and video installation (inside detail)
One of my favorite art exhibition genres is the masters exhibition. With little to lose and everything to gain, masters candidates often fuel audience experiences with risk and spirit.
Patrick Hunt’s photography and video installation, Shady Acres, contains a fabricated room inside the gallery with windows to view gallery-wall mounted photographs. The images contain out of place suburban characters like a woman sitting before folded clothes like a monk at a shrine.
Although the “room inside a room” presentation strategy is highly in debt to Tobias Putrih (among others), and Hunt’s ambition gets the best of him by adding one element too many with an unnecessary video projection, this installation has a definite wow factor: spirit and heart in spades. If you live in St Louis, this is a must-see show.
Shady Acres is on view at The Cecile R. Hunt Gallery (I don’t think there is a relation) at Webster University until May 18, 2007.