For her first solo museum exhibition, Elaine Cameron-Weir (b. 1985, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) presents an installation of new works conceived for the Museum’s Lobby Gallery.
Elaine Cameron-Weir, a terrestrial sediment melted by hypervelocity impacts from outerspace, most fell on Bohemia, molten, forming strange shapes and solidifying bottle green like the eyes of a gorgon, 2014 (detail). Stainless steel, sterling silver, laboratory clamps, and carved moldovite, dimensions variable. Courtesy Rodolphe Janssen
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As a sculptor, Cameron-Weir engages diverse aesthetic styles, merging modern, industrial, and natural designs that emphasize the relationship of the body to surfaces and call attention to phenomena that are both manifest and hidden. Since her earliest works, Cameron-Weir has drawn inspiration from the figure of the aesthete in nineteenth-century Europe as a hallmark of heightened sensory engagement, refined sensitivity to beauty, transgressive sexual desire, and the pursuit of pleasure through artifice or illusion. Aromatic materials and fragrances such as incense are another common feature of Cameron-Weir’s works, and their presence alludes to a history of spiritual, medicinal, or funerary practices, as well as contemporary methods of sensory appeal.
For her exhibition at the New Museum, Cameron-Weir incorporates tools typical of a laboratory to establish a mood of observation and to propose a tension between scientific and occult practices. While her new works evoke a range of associations, they are informed by her study of antiquated scientific texts about vision, medieval armor and torture devices, and early-Renaissance orthopedics—as well as her interest in corporeal symmetry and erogenous zones as aspects of the body forged through human evolution. Cameron-Weir’s installation also draws from the emerging field of sensory archaeology, which questions the privileging of vision in the historical imagination, and aims to enrich speculations about our human ancestors through diverse phenomenological observations.
“Elaine Cameron-Weir” is curated by Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator.
Elaine Cameron-Weir was born in 1985 in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and lives and works in New York. She has had solo exhibitions at VENUS, Los Angeles (2016); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2016); Ramiken Crucible, New York (2014); Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2014); White Flag Library, St. Louis, MO (2013); and Desaga, Cologne, Germany (2012). Cameron-Weirhas also been included in group exhibitions at La Biennale de Montréal (2016–17); FUTURA, Prague (2016); GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy (2014–15); and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2014). Cameron-Weir earned a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA from New York University.