Laura Parnes

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Laura Parnes is an artist whose work engages strategies of narrative film and video art to blur the lines between storytelling conventions and experimentation. Parnes combines elements such as continuity and dialogue with highly stylized sets and performances to present non-linear narratives as installations that utilize the architectural space of a gallery or museum. By deploying cinematic citation as an element of site-specific installation, the staging of her own productions reverberates in an exhibition setting, often requiring the audience to physically enter a scripted environment or re-creation of the production set. Parnes.. installations operate at a symbolic and sculptural level, while maintaining a narrative coherence that points to a future in which reality is tightly nested in layers of art, popular culture, and experience. She has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including the Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland; Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY; Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand; the Institute for Contemporary Art /P.S. 1 Museum, NY; Museo de Arte Contempor·neo Galizia, Spain; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland the Brooklyn Museum, NY; and on PBS and Spanish Television. Her work has been featured in solo shows at Alma Enterprises, London; Locust Projects, Miami; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA; Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam; Participant Inc., NY; Deitch Projects, NY; and in a two-person screening at The Museum of Modern Art, NY. She has been awarded residencies at the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at the Montalvo Arts Center, the Wexner Center, Harvestworks, and others. She has received a Finishing Funds grant from the Experimental Television Center and from the New York State Council on the Arts. She has taught at New York University, The New School, Bennington College and is currently a Visiting Artist at Cooper Union. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1990.