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Jessica Segall

Recapturing the Scenic Wilds
Glyndor Gallery | September 06 - December 07, 2014

 

Pictured above: Field Recordings/Marginalized Birds of New York City, 2014, Taxidermy dove, sparrow and starling, with audio and headphones, 8´ x 6´ x 1´ each. Courtesy of the artist. Pictured: Dove

 

Jessica Segall’s mixed-media installation on view in Recapturing revolves around three taxidermy birds with accompanying audio recordings. The work focuses on the birds that, because they are common in New York City, receive no legal protection there: the starling, the rock pigeon and the English sparrow. The audio playing from the headphones is not, as might be expected, from ornithological recordings of birdsong, but rather songs about the birds. Segall specially commissioned these songs in a range of genres from musicians Ted Strauss, Courtship Ritual and Cesar Alvarez. The gentle humor of the music brings out the tongue-in-cheek tone of Segall’s gesture: preserving for posterity animals usually considered annoyances, rather than assets.

Segall’s practice spans video, performance, sculpture and drawing. Combining ecological concerns and art historical savvy, she presents viewers with acts of endurance and tools for survival in a precarious time. She has had solo exhibitions at 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, and Vox Populi, Philadelphia; as well as participated in shows at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia; Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY; Participant, Inc., New York, NY; the National Modern Art Gallery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia; and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgewood, CT. Residencies include the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; Bemis Contemporary Arts Center, Omaha, NE; Land Art Mongolia; and Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY. Segall received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Bard College, and she also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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Pictured above: Field Recordings/Marginalized Birds of New York City, 2014, Taxidermy dove, sparrow and starling, with audio and headphones, 8´ x 6´ x 1´ each. Courtesy of the artist. Pictured: Starling

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.