Infinity Stage: Light Axis and the Human Mirror (Abridged). Video, 2016. 30m.
This taping is part of Suzy Poling's two month residency at Coaxial, "Infinity Stage". In the piece Poling uses sculptural mirrored objects, large painted back drops, installation pieces, costumed figures and sound in collaboration with Experimental Half-Hour. The objective of the collaboration is to explore what the mirror's refractive abilities are in relation to the live video synthesis and human form. The idea is for the human to be covered in a mirror sculptural body suit that is of an architectual design. The human performer can play the roll of a lighthouse or structure for light phenomena and transmissions to occur.
Suzy Poling is from Michigan, studied at Columbia College in Chicago, lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade and now resides in Los Angeles. She is an Interdisciplinary and Visual Artist working with Installation, Sculpture, Video, Film, Performance Art, Sound, Photography Painting, Collage. She researches the multi-dimensional interferences of the organic and mechanical through each Medium and combines them to create a whole immersive world. Specifically, she works with analog and digital media, refraction of optics and mirrors, sonic resonance and electrical synthesis, geometric abstraction, chemical reactions with paint and film, performance art and ritual, photographic studies of geological anomalies, volcanic sites and natural volatile minerals.
Poling has performed her musical project under the moniker, Pod Blotz for over a decade. She has put out over 20 musical releases and has performed across the U.S. and at festivals like the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and Colour out of Space Festival in the U.K. Her visual work has been shown or performed at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, Southern Exposure, Chicago Cultural Center, Queen's Nails Projects, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Australian Center for Photography, Aperture Foundation, The LAB and Human Resources. She has exhibited six solo shows in San Francisco, Chicago and Portland. She is represented by Aimee Frieberg/CULT Exhibitions in San Francisco. She is a recipient of the Mike Kelly Grant, was nominated for the SECA award (SFMOMA) and the Rema Hort Foundation. Her artwork has been published in New York Times, Wired Magazine, Dazed Digital, Harper's Magazine, Beautiful Decay Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and multiple book compilations and album covers. Poling’s has lectured at the De Young Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for the Arts, Cal Poly University and the California College of Arts.