Lea Bertucci’s work focuses on questioning and redefining the representational boundaries of the photographed image. With an interest in (mis)representing space by using light as an active sculptural force, the projected image has proved to be an ideal vehicle for her to explore ideas. By seeking to confuse the viewer with her images and not allowing them to make sense of the spaces that are being represented, the artist pushes and pulls on their perceptions and forces them to look deeper into the picture. For Bertucci, a particular sort of deception is inherent to photography, thus her need to explore this deception by constructing architectural situations out of slides. In doing so, the viewer appreciates the way photographs conflate three-dimensional scenes into two-dimensional representations. Moreover, the use of spatialized projections, in conjunction with the movement of video-generated images, is intended to create this same sense of disorientation while providing an environment for the viewer to physically interact with the artwork.
Crossing is a projected slide installation that explores this physicality of light in the context of architecture and space. The installation consists of two slide projectors that are placed on mechanized mounts that slowly turn to create movement out of still images. The viewer’s shadows are allowed to interact with the moving, overlapping projections so that these shadows obscure and reveal parts of the projection that would have not otherwise been seen. By utilizing projected images that are two different views of the same space, Crossing creates both a collapsing and expansion of space.
About the Artist
Lea Bertucci is a Brooklyn-based artist who works with photography, video installation and sound. Her visual art focuses on subverting the representational boundaries of the photographed image through light, space and architecture. She received her BA in Photography from Bard College in 2007 and after relocating to New York City that year, she was awarded a fellowship from the Tierney Foundation to expand her body of work. Formally trained in various woodwind instruments, she is also one half of the electro-acoustic woodwind duo Twisty Cat and continues to work with sound in the context of microtonal harmony and feedback. In 2009 she was awarded a Young Composer’s Commission from Roulette Intermedium and she is currently an artist in residence at the Smack Mellon gallery in Brooklyn.
Image courtesy the artist.