Joey Fauerso: Four Animations

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Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-12-22

At times, an artist’s process can be almost as compelling as their work. Such could be said about local artist on the rise, Joey
Fauerso, whose video installation Four Animations is on view in the McNay’s Rotunda through February 13. Fauerso, who was raised in a Transcendental Meditation community in Fairfield, Iowa, videotapes her subjects and later breaks the footage down into a sequence of static images. Paintings (as many as 500 per project) based on the stills are then videotaped, creating what she calls “animated paintings.” Inspired by Aaron Copland’s ballet “Billy the Kid,” Fauerso’s “Death of an Outlaw” shows a shirtless man that vanishes, swept off the screen like sand caught in a gust of wind (she describes the piece as a “choreographed painting of someone ceasing to be”). Without a hint of vulgarity, Fauerso eroticizes these male subjects and, in the process of studying their every move, captures myriad expressions — frozen in time like the yawn seen here from “Wide Open Wide.” $5-$8, noon-5pm Sun, Dec 26, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.

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