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Leslie Thornton

American, b. 1951

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Leslie Thornton

American, b. 1951

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In complex digital works that tread a line between film, video, and installation, Leslie Thornton examines how technologies dominate American culture, constructing our realities and shaping our sense of history, time, and the natural world. Thornton is best known for Peggy and Fred in Hell (1985–2010), a video series in which she presents a dystopian vision of two children apparently raised by a television set and living in isolation from others. More recently she produced Luna (2013), a triptych of vertical flat-screen monitors, each displaying shifting, kaleidoscopic images—fluctuating between representation and abstraction—of the iconic parachute jump tower at Coney Island. The 250-foot-tall ride, constructed in 1939, is envisioned in various different time periods, which Thornton alludes to through visual and aural effects. In earlier work, she incorporated archival footage related to Hiroshima and the atomic age, addressing themes of trauma and anxiety.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 2 more
Biography

In complex digital works that tread a line between film, video, and installation, Leslie Thornton examines how technologies dominate American culture, constructing our realities and shaping our sense of history, time, and the natural world. Thornton is best known for Peggy and Fred in Hell (1985–2010), a video series in which she presents a dystopian vision of two children apparently raised by a television set and living in isolation from others. More recently she produced Luna (2013), a triptych of vertical flat-screen monitors, each displaying shifting, kaleidoscopic images—fluctuating between representation and abstraction—of the iconic parachute jump tower at Coney Island. The 250-foot-tall ride, constructed in 1939, is envisioned in various different time periods, which Thornton alludes to through visual and aural effects. In earlier work, she incorporated archival footage related to Hiroshima and the atomic age, addressing themes of trauma and anxiety.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Leslie Thornton
The Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn in Moving Image
Jun 7th, 2013
The Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn in Moving Image
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