Ladder Day Installation/Video show at Re:Vision Gallery

Photo credit Benjamin Rhiger

Eleanor Ray’s Ladder Day, a museum-style immersive video/sculptural installation, began with an investigation into the moral authority invested in a person in a very large dress. Inspired by the religious-educational dioramas and videos at the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, her work combines complex elements of pseudo-historical reenactment, cultural-religious symbology, and dance, and explores the convergence of myth-making, costume play and popular culture.  The “evidence” on display includes a ten foot knitted ladder made of paper, a video work, works on paper, and a costume from the video displayed in a diorama of the achronistic American frontier. The video element was created during her recent residency at the Rhiger Ranch, and co-directed by Ben Rhiger.

View the video here: Ladder Day

The work is on display at SCRAP’s Re:Vision Gallery at 2915 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR from May 6th to June 24th, 2011.