Will Lytle (born 1986)
Grew up in the woods of West Hurley. Studied at the SVA in New York City before embarking on a series of long trips (New Zealand; Europe; trans-continental to California via the south). His accomplished video work involves layering, textual interpolation and a deeply subjective view of life, nature, and human relationships, all marked with a searching melancholy and wistful joy.
Physically, the piece consists of a tall out-house shaped box, open at a curtained vignette at the top, and a cluster of smaller boxes gathered at its feet.
The audience will approach the opening and insert their head and shoulders.
Looking down, they will make out a video monitor facing up, at the bottom of a column.
Reminiscent of looking down a well.
The inner walls of the column will be populated by various bits of detritus and ephemera.
A collection of sentimental objects meant to lend a personality to the inner environment of the piece.
The cluster of smaller boxes serve as stepping stools, insuring that audience members of all shapes and sizes can interact with the installation.
Thematically, the piece plays with the electric line between the natural introversion of the artist and the extroversion necessary to communicate with an audience.
The exterior is white and black, sparse, unemotional.
The interior is colorful, alive, moving, crowded, warm.
The video will be pieced from some archive footage I have shot over the past four years.
The audience should be able to come in at any moment and leave at any other one and experience the general arc.
An emotional arc,
Not a narrative one.