Intersections: The Coronation by Nicholas and Sheila Pye
(Feb 17–May 22, 2011)
Artists Nicholas and Sheila Pye discuss their Intersections project The Coronation.
The Coronation is a three-channel video with sound, projected on three 52-inch plasma monitors. Wall-mounted and arranged like a triptych, the work alters the architecture of the gallery and establishes a visual dialogue with Georges Rouault's Tragic Landscape, 1930, from the permanent collection. The Coronation is a pictorial narrative, in which the Pyes explore issues of gender and identity. In three separate scenes that unfold simultaneously and evoke panels in an altarpiece, the couple is shown in a series of physical transformations against an Edenic landscape, as they come together and separate.