Trisha Donnelly Lecture at Henry Art Gallery

August 19th, 2004

Trisha Donnelly will speak about her work at the Henry, but there is no guarantee that she will explain it. Trisha Donnelly’s work can be both charming and perplexing, but she somewhat prefers the latter. A state of confusion, after all, has been the starting point for all sorts of creative breakthroughs. In Artforum, John Miller calls Donnelly’s work “full of baffles and feints. Seeing is not necessarily believing. Instead of asking viewers to suspend disbelief, she prods their credulity, pitting humdrum artifice against deadpan preposterousness.” Her world is a tricky place, but many Wonderlands are.

Trisha Donnelly’s works “Canadian Rain,” “Howl,” “Black Wave,” and “Canada” are on view at the Henry Art Gallery through October 3, 2004 as part of “Selections from the Collection of William and Ruth True.” The artist lives in San Francisco. Her works in photography, drawing, performance, sound, and video have been included in the 2003 Venice Biennale, the 2003 Prague Biennial, the 2004 Biennale de Lyon, and the touring exhibition “Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art,” currently at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In October, she will participate in the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, and have a solo show at Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York. In addition to Casey Kaplan, she is represented by Air de Paris, Paris.