An Ocean Without Water


Thursday, May 25th to Sunday, Jul 16th

Exhibition by Katie Torn
An Exhibition of Video Installation
Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4-7 p.m.
Philip J. Steele’s East Gallery
RMCAD campus: 1600 Pierce Street. Lakewood, CO 80214
Free and open to the public


An Ocean Without Water is an immersive video installation that wades through manic representations of popular culture debris in order to contemplate subjects such as: hyper-capitalism; the female body; and the thin veneer of identity used to defend the status quo. Using 3D animation composited with video, Torn pairs the visuals of consumer waste with imagery of her childhood. Old toys, GIFs and screen savers mix together with plastic detritus and toxic fluids to create a lively landscape that are visual sentiments of impending doom. The videos in An Ocean Without Water will be projected on walls and displayed on HD LED TVs. Torn’s work will cover several themes: the blending of 80s and 90s nostalgia; imagined ocean floors constructed from discarded Internet and consumer culture; and an Instagram human/avatar-conflated identity that performs for a social network.