10-23 February 2018

In the single-channel video, legerdemain, Duncan uses the visual structure of the stripe pattern as a process to merge the physical body with the electronic image. Using strategies of dazzle camouflage, the prison stripe and the UPC code, the performer attempts to become part of the interval, neither foreground nor background like the stripe’s own visual structure. The video begins with the flicker of black and white—image and sound are internally generated from the same source—a bank of analog oscillators. Video processing techniques, such as luma-keying (a technique in which you can replace the light or dark areas of an image with another video) allow the striped pattern to be both part of the performer’s body and their environment at the same time.

legerdemain was produced during a residency at the Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY) and uses real-time image processing tools such as the Jones +/-5v system, Jones Keyer, Jones Sequencer and the Paik/Abe Wobulator.

Monica Duncan received an MFA in Visual Art from UC San Diego in 2010 and an MA in Choreography and Performance from Justus-Liebig- Universität Gießen, Germany in 2017. She currently lives and works in New York.

More on Monica’s work can be found at http://www.monicaduncan.net/

BEST PRACTICE is a not-for-profit exhibition project for works from regional, national, and international artists and curators, existing at two locations in San Diego: as an institutional glass-enclosed bulletin board currently housed within the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at the University of San Diego, and as a Sony Trinitron PVM20L5 video monitor which screens video works installed and on view at Helmuth Projects.

For questions or to make an appointment to view the exhibition, email us at what [at] practicebest [dot] org
http://www.practicebest.org/
BEST PRACTICE, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, California 92110

Image Credit:
Monica Duncan, legerdemain still image.
digital video, 9 min, 2012.
Image is courtesy of Artist Monica Duncan and BEST PRACTICE, San Diego.

Image Credit:
Monica Duncan, legerdemain still image.
digital video, 9 min, 2012.
Image is courtesy of Artist Monica Duncan and BEST PRACTICE, San Diego.