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  • Subsurface Voids
    Deborah Stratman
    Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo
    May 16, 2014 to Jun 27, 2014
    Deborah Stratman

Deborah Stratman, drawing, 2010.

Subsurface Voids is a multimedia project about the geological formation, man-made induction, and psychological import of sinkholes. These terrestrial features, while intimating an incremental, geological time, may also be sudden, cataclysmic events. Sinkholes, on one hand plainly topographical, approximate a kind of dream logic wherein at any moment one might drop into an alter-territory, as implicitly trusted surfaces give way. They are, precisely, events that “take place.” The metaphysical terror of an open hole whose bottom we can't fathom coexists within and alongside methodical cataloging of landforms. Utilizing models, drawings, photography, video, and text to illuminate these peculiar site-incidents, the project culminates in an installation/exhibition at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, New York.

Deborah Stratman is an artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Most recently, they have questioned elemental historical narratives around faith, freedom, expansionism, sonic deception, and the paranormal. Stratman works in multiple mediums and has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Hammer Museum, Witte de With, the Walker Art Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has done site-specific projects with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Temporary Services, Mercer Union (Toronto), and others. Stratman’s films have been featured at numerous international festivals including Sundance, the Viennale, Oberhausen, and Rotterdam. She is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and a Creative Capital award, and she teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.