Opening Reception April 8, 2011 7pm-11pm
Puppet Performance April 8, 9, 10 at 9pm
“Pilgramsferd til Nidaros” is an exhibition of several parts one being paintings celebrating the arrival of spring loosely based upon the study of 19th century Norwegian Folk Art, specifically focusing on the art form of Rosemaling (Norwegian for rose painting) a form of decorative folk art that originated in the rural valleys of Norway. The second part will be a Norwegian Stabbur house focusing on Nidaros which was Northern Europe’s most important Christian pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages, the goal of pilgrims being the Nidaros Cathedral. The third part will cover Viking Art pre and post Christianity in paintings and animation. Finally a puppet play based on a 18th century Norwegian Fairytale “The Boy who went after the North Wind” will be
performed each night with life size puppets in Bunraku style with accompanying animation and live score by Jeffrey Leiser.
Eric Leiser is an artist, animator, director, puppeteer, holographer and curator who currently lives and works in New York City. He creates animated feature film and shorts as well as works that integrate animation, puppetry, holography, sound and live performance/installation. Leiser is interested in spiritual surrealism and how animation transforms perception when it is combined with live action space creating a fantastical/spiritually surrealistic quality.
His works have been shown at MASS MoCA, ISTANBUL MODERN, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum, British Film Institute and Anthology Film Archives.