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Tammy Rae Carland
Born 1965, Portland, Maine
Lives and works in Oakland, CA
Tammy Rae Carland’s work can be seen as a critique of mainstream comedy, its systems and authors, through a conceptual and lens-based artistic process. Carland’s recent photographs from the Live From Somewhere series explore notions of being “stood up” or the “stand-up” via the anthropomorphization of staged, documented objects. Carland not necessarily conflates, but rather sympathizes between the theatrical and the photographic, the pressures of performance, and the “enchantments of the live” as critiqued through the absence of the body, in particular the performing body. Carland’s single-channel video, Live From Somewhere (2013) presents the consciously awkward moment from Gilda Radner’s 1979 one-woman Broadway show titled Gilda Radner – Live From New York when a spotlight pans the theatre curtains, anticipating Radner’s stage appearance. This searching action is looped, in continuum, and becomes a stand-in for Radner, simultaneously symbolizing a performer’s reluctance and an audience’s expectations. Carland is interested in the history of female comics and through it provides a larger comment on gender roles including the fragmentation, abjection, and marginalization of the body and the legacy of feminism.
February 6, 2015 – April 11, 2015