Friday, November 24, 2017

MASS MoCa: Laurie Anderson – Lollabelle in the Bardo


Laurie Anderson – Lollabelle in the Bardo
In 2011, the death of Laurie Anderson's dog, Lolabelle, triggered a series of works, including these works, Lolabelle in the Bardo. A practicing Buddhist, Anderson imagined her dog in the Bardo — a place in which, according to The Tibetan Book of the Dead, all living things must spend 49 days in preparation for reincarnation. Anderon's large-scale (10 x 14 feet) charcoal drawings of Lolabelle's journey are vast and gestural, open in a way that makes you feel like you can leap inside them.
Laurie Anderson – Lolabelle in the Bardo
Laurie Anderson is a multimedia artist, known for her achievements as a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist, and instrumentalist, and her innate ability to meld her dynamic practices into new and vibrant forms. She is one of MASS MoCA’s first artists-in-residence. At the museum viewers can explore (through 2018), as well as, these gigantic charcoal drawings, a multi-functional constellation of galleries and installations including a working studio, audio archive, exhibition venue, and a virtual reality environment for experiences she co-created with Hsin-Chien Huang.

Laurie Anderson – Lolabelle in the Bardo
Lolabelle in the Bardo, functions like a stock of memories depicting multiple versions of the dog including one of Lolabelle playing the keyboard – a task Anderson taught Lolabelle late in her life to combat boredom as her eyesight failed. In each drawing Anderson includes a Tibetan prayer wheel, always spinning like a dervish, symbolizing the cyclical nature of life and the stories we tell each other.

Contessanally blog post
Laurie Anderson’s movie review - Heart of a Dog

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