J. W. Mahoney: Art in America

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Report from Washington, DC:  To a Different Drum

At the Arlington Art Center last fall were a series of solo shows in the center’s several rooms, and downstairs, seen in darkness, were the video installations of Gillian Brown. Like 19th-century spiritualist phenomena, Brown’s projections evoke the idea of portals between the visible and invisible worlds. Untitled (brain/conception) consists of a white-gauze cast of a nautilus shell, set inside a wire armature, onto which Brown projects a series of spiraling video images–flying birds, whirling dervishes, swirling vortices of numbers–all meant to evoke the inner dynamics of inspiration.