Perennia | May Waver
July 7– 27, 2016 | White Gallery
Reception: Friday, July 8, 2016 | 6–8pm
Curated by Carlin Brown
My grandmother died this year, and now I live in her house. Years ago she planted her garden full of perennials, and this spring I’ve watched them bloom like an orchestra, with different plants chiming in at different measures, an organic symphony of color and wilt. The footage in these videos comes from my video diary, which for the past few months has documented my fascination with this garden as I grapple with grief and contemplate life, death, “nature,” and the filters through which all memories pass.
May Waver is a multimedia artist working predominantly in video. She is interested in ideas surrounding connection, sensation, technology, and nature; her most recent solo show at Lemonade Gallery explored the sensory and emotional possibilities of ASMR videos. She frequently shows work online and in physical exhibition spaces, and her work has been the subject of writings in Art21, Artforum, Bitch Magazine, and Rhizome, among others. In 2014, May co-founded a femme-centered arts and tech collective, cybertwee, with artists Gabriella Hileman and Violet Forest. Some of cybertwee’s notable projects include hosting a bake sale on the deep web and developing an app to exhibit digital artworks by ~femme artists. May lives and works in St. Paul, MN, USA, and this summer she will be a resident artist at Tofte Lake Center in the Boundary Waters.