Western Front Exhibitions is pleased to present a public presentation by LA based artist and writer Margaret Haines on Tuesday, May 28th at 8pm at the Western Front in the Luxe Hall.
Through considering the role of props in her filmmaking process, artist Margaret Haines presents a series of short stories titled Prop Talk: What’s Real? about the creative production of artist DKNY. The artist’s father, Tor Haines, responds to these stories, drawing from his own philosophical text, titled simply ‘Props’. Both texts contemplate how ‘prop’ is looking for semantic focus. Together and through a scripted play, Margaret and her father reflect and debate upon the possibility of mimesis in fiction, cultural reference as calcified identity, the crisis of the object, digital props, and the death (rebirth) of art.
Artist Biography: Margaret Haines is a Los Angeles-based artist, born in Montreal. She holds a BFA in Photography from Concordia University in Montreal 2007 and a MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts 2010. She has been published in DUST (Los Angeles), Dazed and Confused (UK), TANK (UK), and OneHourEmpire (Canada). She has exhibited work at the Carmichael Gallery, Commonwealth and Council Gallery, OogaBooga Bookstore and Cottage Home Gallery in Los Angeles; The Harcoza Gallery in Japan; and, at the McCord Museum and MOCCA in Canada. An excerpt from the project TrustMeSisthuhh was recently screened at The RedCat (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre) in Los Angeles. Her first feature film, Coco, uses narrative to document the performative response of a young girl, Coco, and her mother, Hope, in a re-enactment of Don Quixote. She recently completed a book to accompany the film, Coco x Love With Stranger (2012) funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, and published with Los Angeles based publisher New Byzantium.