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See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil
Liselot van der Heijden

October 12, 2006 - November 12, 2006

See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil
Liselot van der Heijden
October 12 – November 12, 2006

The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Consulate General of the Netherlands.
Special thanks to Jason Leyton, Mark Baumgartner, Holly Haynes and Martha Buskirk, Laura Parnes, Momenta Art and The Outpost

Liselot van der Heijden
See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil

LMAKprojects: 526 West 26th Street # 310 New York
October 12 – November 12, 2006
Opening: Thursday, October 12 from 6-8 pm

LMAK Projects is pleased to present our first solo exhibition with Liselot van der Heijden. The exhibition will include 3 new videos: See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil, The Serpent and Trap. Like several previous projects by Liselot van der Heijden, the exhibition is a response to policies of the current Bush administration.

The project is a parody of the deceptive and manipulative use of Good and Evil to frame foreign and domestic policy, especially when the word evil is not used in the sense of evil deeds, but when evil is thought of as not-human, as a thing, or a force, something that has a real existence, something different from the brutal, vicious, indifferent and selfish acts that human beings are capable of.

To parody the administration’s use of the word ‘evil,’ Van der Heijden juxtaposes a small video of George Bush uttering the word evil with a large video projection of a snake that continuously moves in an enclosed white space. The continuity of movement attracts and mesmerizes through its surreal scale, positioning and sense of gravity. Following Bush’s totalizing usage of ‘evil’ in van der Heijden’s visual vocabulary the oblivious snake becomes the serpent — symbol and instigator of the original sin, who seduces Eve with the promise of the divine knowledge of Good and Evil, if she eats a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.

Another video projection in the exhibition, titled Trap, depicts a fruit and two white mice in an enclosed white space. In both videos Trap and The Serpent, the white room look like the gallery. Opposite from “Trap” is a projection of real-time surveillance video that captures the video “Trap” as well as the actual gallery space, and whoever is in the gallery.

Recurring themes in Liselot van der Heijden’s works are language and symbolic power, control and power of the gaze and ‘Nature’ as a cultural/political idea and anthropomorphic projection. Her work suggests that representations of nature reveal more about human beings, culture and ideology than about nature itself.

Liselot van der Heijden is an emerging artist from the Netherlands who works in New York City. She has shown art projects and videos throughout Europe, the US and South America. In New York City she presented video works at the New Museum, the Queens Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center, LMAK Projects, Artist Space, Art in General, Thomas Erben Gallery, White Box, and Momenta Art among other venues. International venues include: Smart Project Space in Amsterdam, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Videochroniques in Nice, ZKM Zentrum fur Medien Technologie in Karlsruhe and Videonale 8 in Bonn, Germany. She received numerous residencies from the Experimental Television Center and a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She has a BFA from the Cooper Union and a MFA from Hunter College. She has taught at Cooper Union and Pratt Institute and is currently a professor at The College of New Jersey.