Kourtney Roy (b. 1981) is interested in the capacity of a photograph to create the illusion of a fixed point in time. Auto-portraiture forms the basis of her performative exploration of the self, reality, memory and dreams. Two of Roy’s recent series are represented in this selection. They Already Think I am Crazy includes different characters, performed and photographed by Roy around the racetracks of Paris, accompanied by a pervasive sense of the uncanny and of chance. The second series, Hope, combines self-portraits and the Canadian landscapes of Roy’s childhood. Again, improvisation and chance play a role: casual passers-by, a temporary construction site that provides access to a rooftop, and other serendipitous moments all find their way in. Aesthetica previously featured Roy’s vivid photographs, which are aesthetically inspired by pioneers in colour photography such as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, in the April/May 2014 issue. www.kourtneyroy.com.
Art Theatre Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960 – 1986 at MoMA, New York
Art Theatre Guild is an independent film company that radically transformed Japanese cinema by producing experimental and genre-shattering films from the 1960s until the 1980s.
Kevin Cooley: A Thousand Miles an Hour, Ryan Lee Gallery, New York
Kevin Cooley considers our evolving relationship with technology, nature, and ultimately each other. The underlying conceptual framework of his work is how these forces contend with each other.