SYZYGY COLLABwith Danni O'Brien and Kenzie Wells
'Super Ultra and the Soft Between'
Syz.y.gy | ‘si-ze-je
: the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (such as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system.
SYZYGY Collab is an artist collective founded by and composed of Katie Hubbell, Philadelphia, PA, Kenzie Wells, Tucson, AZ, and Danni O’Brien, Baltimore, MD. The collective was formed after working side by side as residents at the Wassaic Project Artist Residency in Wassaic, New York in 2019. Melding a variety of sculptural materials with video projections, SYZYGY creates immersive installations that traverse the liminal spaces between subconscious dreamscapes and physical reality. SYZYGY debuted at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY, 2020, with their exhibition ‘Super Ultra and the Soft Between’.
SYZYGY Collab creates immersive multimedia installations evoking the hazy sensation of slipping in and out of a dream. In situating whimsical yet abject sculptural concoctions amongst dually seductive and repelling videos, the excess of visceral material becomes queered and camp, and the familiar becomes magnified, absurd, and even funny. The resulting fantastical dreamscape serves as a reprieve from reality; a space that defamiliarizes dimensional boundaries and forges effortless engagement between the limitless realm of the psyche and the immediate constraints of the physical.