Sep
15

Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun

Time

12:00pm weekly
From Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2017 — Friday, December 22, 2017, 2017

Location

Neuberger Museum of Art
Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun is a brilliant multi-channel video-installation that captures the provocative contrast between natural beauty and exploitative labor as the artist documents the journey of a sulfur miner extracting minerals from deep inside the crater of Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen volcano.

 Video artist Janet Biggs is drawn to extreme environments, exploring such remote locations as the Taklamakan Desert in China, the Afar Triangle of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti in Africa, and the Arctic. In her five-channel video installation, A Step On the Sun, Biggs documents sulfur workers as they extract minerals from inside Indonesia’s Ijen volcano, located in the East Java province of Indonesia. Biggs’s imagery confronts us with a provocative mix of natural beauty and exploitative labor. Her video centers on a crater situated almost two miles above sea level, which houses the world’s largest sulfuric lake. We watch as a miner collects hardened sulfur crystals and packs them into a basket. Amid clouds of toxic sulfur dioxide gas, he carries heavy loads up a steep, rocky path from the crater floor to the rim, then to a distant weigh-station. Throughout her work Biggs assumes the role of a wanderer in search of unexplored territory.

 

Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation.

Janet Biggs: A STEP ON THE SUN is a brilliant multi-channel video-installation that captures the provocative contrast between natural beauty and exploitative labor as the artist documents the journey of a sulfur miner extracting minerals from deep inside the crater of Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen volcano. 
On View:  September 10 — December 22, 2017  Curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator.  Organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation.
REVERSE
Janet Biggs, A Step On the Sun, 2012 (still from the video). Five-channel, high definition video installation with sound. Courtesy of the artist, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, Analix Forever, Geneva, and CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC. Janet Biggs: A STEP ON THE SUN is a brilliant multi-channel video-installation that captures the provocative contrast between natural beauty and exploitative labor as the artist documents the journey of a sulfur miner extracting minerals from deep inside the crater of Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen volcano. 
On View:  September 10 — December 22, 2017  Curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator.  Organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation.
REVERSE
Janet Biggs, A Step On the Sun, 2012 (still from the video). Five-channel, high definition video installation with sound. Courtesy of the artist, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, Analix Forever, Geneva, and CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC. aVideo artist Janet Biggs is drawn to extreme environments, exploring such remote locations as the Taklamakan Desert in China, the Afar Triangle of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti in Africa, and the Arctic. In her five-channel video installation, A Step On the Sun, Biggs documents sulfur workers as they extract minerals from inside Indonesia’s Ijen volcano, located in the East Java province of Indonesia. Biggs’s imagery confronts us with a provocative mix of natural beauty and exploitative labor. Her video centers on a crater situated almost two miles above sea level, which houses the world’s largest sulfuric lake. We watch as a miner collects hardened sulfur crystals and packs them into a basket. Amid clouds of toxic sulfur dioxide gas, he carries heavy loads up a steep, rocky path from the crater floor to the rim, then to a distant weigh-station. Throughout her work Biggs assumes the role of a wanderer in search of unexplored territory.
Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation.
 
IMAGE
Janet Biggs, A Step On the Sun, 2012 (still from the video)
Five-channel, high definition video installation with sound.
Courtesy of the artist, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, Analix Forever, Geneva, and CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC
jkl; Video artist Janet Biggs is drawn to extreme environments, exploring such remote locations as the Taklamakan Desert in China, the Afar Triangle of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti in Africa, and the Arctic. In her five-channel video installation, A Step On the Sun, Biggs documents sulfur workers as they extract minerals from inside Indonesia’s Ijen volcano, located in the East Java province of Indonesia. Biggs’s imagery confronts us with a provocative mix of natural beauty and exploitative labor. Her video centers on a crater situated almost two miles above sea level, which houses the world’s largest sulfuric lake. We watch as a miner collects hardened sulfur crystals and packs them into a basket. Amid clouds of toxic sulfur dioxide gas, he carries heavy loads up a steep, rocky path from the crater floor to the rim, then to a distant weigh-station. Throughout her work Biggs assumes the role of a wanderer in search of unexplored territory.
Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation.
 
IMAGE
Janet Biggs, A Step On the Sun, 2012 (still from the video)
Five-channel, high definition video installation with sound.
Courtesy of the artist, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, Analix Forever, Geneva, and CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC
Video artist Janet Biggs is drawn to extreme environments, exploring such remote locations as the Taklamakan Desert in China, the Afar Triangle of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti in Africa, and the Arctic. In her five-channel video installation, A Step On the Sun, Biggs documents sulfur workers as they extract minerals from inside Indonesia’s Ijen volcano, located in the East Java province of Indonesia. Biggs’s imagery confronts us with a provocative mix of natural beauty and exploitative labor. Her video centers on a crater situated almost two miles above sea level, which houses the world’s largest sulfuric lake. We watch as a miner collects hardened sulfur crystals and packs them into a basket. Amid clouds of toxic sulfur dioxide gas, he carries heavy loads up a steep, rocky path from the crater floor to the rim, then to a distant weigh-station. Throughout her work Biggs assumes the role of a wanderer in search of unexplored territory.
Janet Biggs: A Step On the Sun is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation.
IMAGE
Janet Biggs, A Step On the Sun, 2012 (still from the video)
Five-channel, high definition video installation with sound.
Courtesy of the artist, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, Analix Forever, Geneva, and CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC

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