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Alix Pearlstein: GRASS

Art Show

Alix Pearlstein is a New York-based artist whose videos and performances bring together groups of actors to explore both scripted and improvised movements and dialogue. The results possess a sense of purpose and restraint as the camera and participating bodies negotiate shared space. We invited Pearlstein to visit Mill Ridge Farm, a family business in Lexington with a 50-year commitment to the breeding, care, and cultivation of thoroughbreds. This May, over three consecutive days in a single field, she filmed the same group of mares and foals. Her approach to filming emerged through prolonged observation of the horses and their daily routines. She came to consider the field as a stage and the horses as actors, albeit ones that she could not exactly direct. GRASS is a 30-minute film projection.