The Splits by Allison Hrabluik (2015)
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Artist: Allison Hrabluik
The Splits combines documentary and narrative in a montage of motion and sound. The camera documents a group of twenty people gathered in a hall to perform. The cast includes real-life performers whose skills range from the mundane to the extraordinary: a hula hooper, a singer, a pizza dough thrower, speed skippers, tap dancers, gymnasts and dog trainers. Two men make salami, a woman gets a haircut and someone eats too many hotdogs. Hrabluik’s editing creates an exquisite corpse, connecting the performers as their bodies tap out a spellbinding rhythm.
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Allison Hrabluik Biography:
In her exploration of narrative construction, Allison Hrabluik’s visual practice finds its focus in the voices, rhythms and methodologies of storytelling. Her work includes video, animation, drawing and installation, often to humorous or absurdist ends. With a recent focus on choreography and collaboration with both dancers and musicians, Hrabluik’s works reveal characters through various narrative processes: so-called documentary objectivity, the messy subjectivity of first-person narration, allegorical third-person perspective, and the generative ambiguity of abstraction.
Hrabluik lives and works in Vancouver. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions and film festival nationally and internationally.