For the 2015 Kranzberg Exhibition Series, video artist Zlatko Ćosić and dancer and choreographer Ashley McQueen emphasize the labor that goes into the manicured landscape at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Through a series of dance performances culminating in the short film Harmony in 3, Ćosić and McQueen explore the Park’s unique relationship with the St. Louis County Parks staff, highlighting the joy and grit that goes into the care and maintenance of our 105 acre landscape. Laumeier’s first “dance on camera” project, the performances of the dancers and the workers in the film mark our continued interest in representing a range of art forms in the Park that encompass our mission to expand the boundaries of art and to embrace the purpose of our landscape.
Dance is often seen as an art form constrained to the stage; however, through this unique collaboration, the Park has provided a new stage for dance. Based on the principle of movement, dance-like cinema-began as an art form centered on the human body, physical performance, and communication through action and image. The film combines techniques of documentation and abstraction, pitting the real versus the performer and presenting a narrative that brings to the foreground that which is often overlooked. Harmony in 3 is a celebratory work, organized as a projected triptych that ebbs and flows, shifting among imagery of the dancer, the worker and the “nature” that is Laumeier Sculpture Park. With combing and interlocking views of the micro and macro world of the Park, art and nature are literally linked through the language of movement and the story behind (and meaning of) this acreage. Within their collaboration, Ćosić and McQueen demonstrate the pervasive affinities between these two mediums through the play on the sounds of the environment, the dancer as movable kinetic sculpture and the worker as architect and builder.
Directed by ZLATKO ĆOSIĆ
Art Direction: ZLATKO ĆOSIĆ and ASHLEY McQUEEN
Choreography: ASHLEY McQUEEN
Dancers: ALEXA MOOR, SARAH STARKWEATHER and ELLEN VIERSE
Lawnmower Drivers/Performers: DON GERLING, YVETTE LUEDDE and TOM SCHWEISS
Laumeier Sculpture Park and St. Louis County Staff: SHARON BROWN, JOHN CORCORAN, PAT COTTER, GABE COTTON, RICH EDWARDS, DON GERLING, JOSH GERLING, TOM GRIFFIN, AJ, YVETTE LUEDDE, ANA MILLER, DAVE MILLER, BOB MORITZ, TARA MORTON, KAREN MULLEN, RICH NEAL, DAN SACHSENHEIMER, TOM SCHWEISS, BUD SPINDLER, ALEX STOKES, JENNA SUMMERS, JASON WHITE and GREG YORK
Camera and Sound: ZLATKO ĆOSIĆ and RACHEL ĆOSIĆ
Production Assistant: RACHEL ĆOSIĆ
Music: ALAN SCHILLING and JESSE SCHILLING
Editing: ZLATKO ĆOSIĆ
Produced by: EYE PRODUCTION
Special Thanks To: RACHEL ĆOSIĆ, DON GERLING, MARILU KNODE, Executive Director, Laumeier Sculpture Park, NANCY and KEN KRANZBERG, ASHLEY McQUEEN, DANA TURKOVIC, Curator of Exhibitions, Laumeier Sculpture Park and all staff at ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS and LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK
Funding for this exhibition has been provided by St. Louis County Parks, the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council, the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
:: HARMONY IN 3, video installation, Adam Aronson Fine Art Center, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, October 15, 2015 - February 14, 2016
:: ESPACIO ENTER, International Festival of Creativity, Innovation and Digital Culture, Digital Image, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, August 24-27, 2017
:: ikonoTV, as part of POOL International Dance Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, September 15-16, 2018
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