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SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY: DOGWHISTLE

August 27 – March 12, 2023

Imprint Gallery

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 back, 2020, gif. Courtesy of the Artist.
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.

Overview

The third iteration of HOLLOWAY’s DOGWHISTLE series, DOGWHISTLE is a multimedia installation that uses text and found video footage to visualize and contemplate loss. The dog whistle—a sound that human ears cannot hear but human bodies can feel, a sound that prompts physical discomfort without knowing the source, is analogous to grief without a clear origin and without a known method of reprieve. Using real-time, generative graphics, AI-produced poetry, video-game imagery, and the series signature blue light and bold text, HOLLOWAY prompts the viewer to reflect on the nature of loss, both permanent and impermanent.


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.

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.