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SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY: closeLISTENER­(reverse, react, “desire”)

September 22, 2022 – March 12, 2023

desktop window revealing a rose floating above rose petals and rotating in front of a fence
SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY, i-would’ve-said-goodbye-if-i-thought-you-loved-me-back.gif, 2020, gif. Courtesy of the Artist.


The fifth iteration of the artist’s DOGWHISTLE series, closeLISTENER(reverse, react, “desire”) is a multimedia installation that uses rolling text and animated video to visualize and contemplate loss. The dog whistle—a sound that some humans can hear—can prompt physical discomfort for those who cannot hear it and cannot identify the source. The artist suggests it is analogous to feelings of grief without a clear origin and without a known method of relief. Using poetry, an accompanying 30-minute sound piece, sculptural guides, and the series signature shocking blue light and bold text, the artist prompts the viewer to reflect on the nature of loss, both permanent and impermanent.


Exhibition labels are available in English and Spanish.

About the Artist

SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY is a new media artist and poet who uses video, performance and installation to critically engage with and expose power structures through a queer and feminist-informed practice. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally at Performance Space New York, The New Museum, The Kitchen, The Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.


screenshot from a unity game showing a glowing rose surrounded by fences, fog, and rose petals
SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY, DOGWHISTLE[generativeRosestill].png, unity game, 2019, digital image. Courtesy of the Artist.
close up of a glass rose with striped indentations across the petals and the leaves
SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY, shawne+michaelain+holloway+_+dog+whistle+2019+_+rose+close+up, 2019, digital image. Courtesy of the Artist.


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