Jenny Heishman - Prop Shop
Oct 14–Nov 20, 2011
new work by Jenny Heishman
jenny heishman at the Seattle Art Museum
October 14, 2011, 6-9pm
a building or room stocked with props
1. any object used beneath or against something to hold it in place
2. object or article used to support an experience for the audience
Many real objects are poorly adapted to the task of looking like themselves to an audience, due to their size, durability, or color under bright lights, so some props are specially designed to look more like the actual item than the real object would. In some cases, a prop is designed to behave differently than the real object. Just as with theatrical property, the objects in “prop shop” have one appearance that shifts to another the closer you get to them and recognize common materials.
give props (slang)
to express your respect for someone; short form of proper respect
There are references in the sculptures to other objects and artist’s work, as well as an acknowledgment of the acuity of a viewer’s perception. I think of my studio practice as having a porous nature where influences from all kinds of visual information are celebrated. Several of the sculptures give props to objects you’ll recognize as familiar: a basket, rope, shelf, painting, suspenders…
aluminum foil, vinyl sticker, dyed fabric, found crate.
H 29" W 40" D 31"
dyed fabric, iron-on transfers, aluminum foil, vinyl sticker, oil paint, wood, shelf bracket.
H 44" W 41" D 11"
Purple and Burlap, 2011
burlap, linen, gesso, pigment, cardboard, acrylic paint.
H 50" W 74" D 6.5"
'E' screen, 2011
sun-dyed burlap, iron-on transfers, wood, found metal stands.
H 48" W 73" D 14"
Found furniture, 2011
found furniture, upholstery fabric, cardboard, ink jet prints.
H 24" W 27" D 29"
Carved by the Sea, 2011
found Styrofoam and driftwood
H 26" W 14" D 18"
aluminum, vinyl sticker, ink jet prints, wood
H 29" W 25" D 9.5"
Rope Wood, 2011
H 96" W 8" D 6"
All photos courtesy of Prole Drift