Frank Heath “Blue Room”

Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

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Blue Room, the first institutional solo exhibition by New York-based artist Frank Heath, is a synchronized installation of video works connected by an ominous humor, shadowed by references to surveillance and espionage. Blue Room takes its title from two types of space which employ ambient lighting as a system of control: a dimly lit command center used to monitor airspace during the Cold War, and a calm room used to pacify prisoners in solitary confinement.

Heath’s work typically plots an idiosyncratic line through historical material, employing outmoded systems of communication and infrastructure to throw the conditions of the present into relief. A number of recent videos have featured recordings of phone calls to businesses or services in which an anonymous character describes impossible situations and apocryphal stories with a tone of disclosure.

Frank Heath (b. 1982, St. Joseph, MO) lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Backup, Simone Subal (2014); A Tale of Two Islands, The High Line, New York (2014); and Matter out of Place, The Kitchen, New York (2012). The Hollow Coin, a video work featured in Blue Room, is scheduled to play at several film festivals, including International Film Festival Rotterdam (2017), True/False, Columbia, Missouri (2017), IndieLisboa (2017), and Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon (2017). Heath is the Editor of the feature film Donald Cried, dir. Kris Avedisian (The Orchard, 2017).



from February 17, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-02-16 from 18:00 to 20:00

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