Magazine article Artforum International

Wynne Greenwood

Magazine article Artforum International

Wynne Greenwood

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SOLOWAY

It you've ever been lucky enough to see a Tracy + the Plastics show, you know that Tracy as well as the two Plastics are all played by Wynne Greenwood and that a show is not only about music but also these three characters, with Tracy appearing live and the Plastics--named Nikki and Cola--as video projections. The three chat, theorize, complain, and stand around in what critic and curator Johanna Burton called, in Artforum in 2005, a "split-personality hallucination," or perhaps a kind of ventriloquism performed with the artist's own body.

For her recent exhibition at Soloway, Greenwood deployed a new kind of ventriloquism. Two looped videos, More Heads, Belgrade and More Heads, both 2013, were projected side by side, each showing a series of sculptural heads (sans bodies)--chatting, theorizing, com-plaining--all voiced by Greenwood. Each head is styled differently and has a distinct personality: There is a childishly aggressive pink-and-white soccer ball with broken bits of toys for features, a stuffed fabric version with pillowy lips that sleeps most of the time and awakens only to ask that the window be opened, and a spotted head, with a second set of features sprung out of its ear, that responds to everything with irritating hippie serenity. (Three of these objects were presented as sculptures in a smaller room off the main gallery, and discovering them felt like running unexpectedly into a celebrity.)

The videos are two distinct works and are not synched, so that each time they loop, the dialogues line up differently. Still, at times the heads in the different videos seem to converse with one another, and at others they seem to be trying to drown one another out. In More Heads, Belgrade, the characters cycle through topics in a disconnected way, babbling something about dying frogs ("What's a frog? …

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