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PERFORMANCE: Nina Sarnelle

For four years living in Arlington Heights, my bedroom window looked out on an oil rig that rose above the green wall enclosing one block of Washington Blvd. Sound for the long hole is a live music & video performance staged against this perimeter wall, camouflaged among the topiary trees. The 40-min composition considers another world far below the surface: excavating production data from the site’s many historical owners, remembering the legacy of urban oil drilling that exploded a nearby Ross Dress for Less in 1985, and measuring out the length of one oil well in twine. How long is 9514 feet? That’s like from here to the Chevron on Vermont. Thanks to Ceci Moss, Don Edler, Jacqueline Falcone, Sara Drake, Brennen Perry, My Parents, Navel, Copy Service Express, Ochi Projects, Andres A. LeFont, A B Restaurant Equipment, H&R Sheetmetal, Dynasty Upholstery, Soul on Ice, Arlington Heights Market, Gruts Barbershop, Luciano’s Appliance, Circle City Coin Laundry, Burger Factory & Balam Tattoo Studio.

Video still from Iron-ing, 8 mins, 2017

Video still from Iron-ing, 8 mins, 2017



Nina Sarnelle

Nina Sarnelle is an artist and musician living in Los Angeles, with a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. A founding member of the Institute for New Feeling and dadpranks, her work includes intimate participatory performances, large public events, music composition, video and sculpture. In the last couple years her work has been shown at Whitechapel Gallery (London), Hammer Museum (LA), Getty Center (LA), Ballroom Marfa (TX), MoMA (NY), Istanbul Modern (Turkey), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), NADA (Miami), Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (Lisbon), Fundacion PROA (Buenos Aires), Black Cube (Denver), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Recess (NY), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), Jardin Essential (Brussels), UNSW Galleries (Sydney), Project 88 (Mumbai), Kevin Space (Vienna), Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum (Genova), Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe), Mwoods (Beijing), MoCA Cleveland, Human Resources (LA), Borscht Festival (Miami), SPACES (Cleveland), Threewalls (Chicago), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Miller Gallery (Pittsburgh), and featured in Frieze, Art in America, Vogue Italy, Huffington Post, SFMoMA, Creators Project, FlashArt, and Hyperallergic.