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March 25 2005 - May 01 2005


Gigantic ArtSpace proudly presents Palimpsests, Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock's debut solo exhibition. Apicella-Hitchcock's work investigates the mediums of film and photography by way of “straightforward” expeditions through cinematic and physical spaces. These voyages, or gestures, are ostensibly uncomplicated – accessible through their usage of narrative cinema; nevertheless, their ultimate significance is often more elusive. One must allegorically make the journey from one place to another, as the artist does, to perceive the possible levels on which the pieces function. This body of work demonstrates Apicella-Hitchcock’s abilities as a visual storyteller, as he transforms even the most banal minutiae of the films' story lines into rich examples of cinematic palimpsests (documents that have been written over) prompting us to acknowledge what meaning those films held for us once, and what they may mean for us now.

"My idea of a piece of sculpture is a road. That is, a road doesn’t reveal itself at any particular point or from any particular point. Roads appear and disappear… we don’t have a single point of view for a road at all, except a moving one, moving along it." – Carl Andre, as quoted in “My idea of a piece of sculpture” by Lucy R. Lippard in Overlay, Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory.

Curated by Juliana Driever:

Juliana Driever is the Assistant Director of Gigantic ArtSpace.

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Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock   

Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock is a New York City-based photographer and multimedia artist. He has exhibited at the Nuart Scandinavian Art Festival in Stavanger, Norway; the Kunsthalle Exnergasse Weerkstaten in Vienna, Austria; Smack Mellon Studios in Brooklyn; and the Sculpture Center in Queens. He has lectured about his work at Harvard University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and was a resident in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s WorldViews studio residency program at the World Trade Center. He received his B.A. from Hampshire College and his M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is now an adjunct professor. He is also currently an Artist -in-Residence at Fordham University in New York and in 2005 he will be the Foreign Guest Professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Geidai) Department of Musical Creativity and the Environment. __________________________________________ (Right) Going Towards the Wrong Island and Going Towards the Right Island, LightJet print mounted to Plexiglas and Sintra, 44" x 16," 2003-2005

Travel to the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily, the island of Lisca Bianca specifically, to find the character Anna who disappeared from Michelangelo Antonioni's film L'Avventura and accidentally go to the wrong island (Bottaro). Return a year later to the correct island and swim ashore with a video camera in a plastic garbage bag, only to find nothing of interest except for red ants attacking black, shiny beetles. The soundtrack is in part constructed from video camera recordings while accidentally left on inside of the garbage bag.