Ann Bartges: Double Blind
August 6th- September 2nd
Ann Bartges uses video projection to investigate the disorienting merge of physical and simulated human presence in everyday life. Subtle narratives within her videos and installations explore relationships between representation and the division between self and image.
Lately, Bartges has been working with shadows as a way to play with presence and absence, and implicit identity. In Double-blind, the viewer on the street peeks through closed blinds to catch a glimpse of human shadows crawling through a dimly lit space. As shadows, the figures are flattened, concealed, and distorted. The perpetual flow raises questions about how and why people move through space—be it from one room to another or one country to another.
Ann Bartges lives and works in Farmington, Maine. Bartges earned her MFA from the Stamps School of Art & Design at University of Michigan in 2014, and her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics School of Art & Design at Alfred University in 2005. Bartges has participated in exhibitions in the United States, Denmark, Germany, and Australia. She has been awarded residencies at the Institut fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin; Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris; Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor (DK); Threewalls, Chicago; and the Vermont Studio Center. Bartges is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Department at University of Maine at Farmington.