LESLIE BERNS
Grounding (installation view)
2014
video
4:21
2011
High definition video
4:21

This cinematic video stems from my "Flower of Life" series, which is based on a geometric pattern of intersecting circles. Here I explore the same motif as a ‘choreographed performance drawing’. Sitting still on an island in a stream as if pulling the sequence of black, abstract shapes from my body – seed, embryo, flower, butterfly - I ceremonially place the layers of the drawing on the ground. Slow-moving gestures are a metaphor for the fluidity of water and the passage of time. As the seasons change so does my attire from black to white against the snow. In an archetypal landscape, a ‘silent ritual drama’ of burial and the stages of grief expresses the deep connection to 'place' from one generation to the next.

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Castletown Downtown Gallery
Rutland, Vermont

Washington Project for the Arts
Experimental Media Screening Series, 2011
Juried by Paul D. Miller aka D.J. Spooky

Screenings:

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Washington, D.C.

Program Artists
Selected by Kelly Gordon, Curator of New Media:

Mathieu Treblay
Dee Hood
Paul O'Donoghue
Leslie Berns
Virginia Cowell
Lemeh 42
Tina Willgreen
Jenny Schmid + Ali Momeni
Leyla Rodgriguez + Christian Staub
Andreas Templin
Ranu MuKherjee
Toby Kaufman-Buhler
Peter Lee

International House Philadelphia
The Ibrahim Theater

Montgomery College
Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz
Foundation Arts Center
Silver Spring, MD

Maryland Institute College of Art
Falvey Hall
Baltimore, MD

The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
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