Postcards From

Postcards From

Artist: Dave McKenzie

Postcards From, 2008
Single-channel video with sound
Courtesy the artist

Walking around the neighborhood in the months prior to the exhibition, a modern flaneur, Dave McKenzie photographed locations including building exteriors, street corners, and urban architecture, both the noteworthy and mundane. Through his city photography, often a tourist’s pastime, the artist tries to see the Lower East Side anew, though he is neither tourist nor resident. In the video, McKenzie flips through these images, trying to recall the place, an interaction, or details about the location. Attempting to name each image, McKenzie explores the gap between specificity of place and the disassociation that can come through image making, along with the mind’s tendency to abstract and forget. The difficult memory game highlights how McKenzie remembers and contextualizes location through a moment, feeling, or visual detail about the place, and forgets the specifics of many others. In replicating the tourist’s action, the artist tries to note the neighborhood’s distinction, conflating his attempt at seeing with his difficulty in remembering.