Ellen Kozak, riverthatflowsbothways

June 1 Ė September 16, 2018
 

Ellen Kozak and Scott D. Miller. riverthatflowsbothways (detail), 2016. HDTV four-channel video installation. Courtesy of the artists.

This summer, the Hudson River Museum is proud to present riverthatflowsbothways, a video installation by artist Ellen Kozak and composer Scott D. Miller. Taking its name from the translation of the Lenape word for the Hudson River, this unique collaboration consists of three media screens, each a channel featuring thousands of Kozakís photographs looped and set to Millerís score, a string ensemble playing thematically-linked chords performed without vibrato, the fourth channel. While Millerís score draws upon the history of American music through Charles Ives and Aaron Copland, Kozakís video installation connects to a consonant tradition in visual art of the 20th century.

Drawing from the formal traditions of gestural abstraction and the dazzling potential of video art, Kozakís piece is an immersive meditation on the relationship between music and imagery, as well as the relationship between artist and nature. Working by and near the Hudson River, Kozak roots her own art making in the changing perception of air, water, and light in the Hudson River Valley and beyond. Ecology, music, and dazzling visual imagery coalesce in Kozakís work as a vital reminder of our connection to nature. In riverthatflowsbothways, Kozak asserts the primacy of the river as a site of aesthetic and environmental concerns.

Ellen Kozak and Scott D. Miller. riverthatflowsbothways (detail), 2016. HDTV four-channel video installation. Courtesy of the artists.