Sanya Kantarovsky's new video work, A Solid House, 2022, is on view at the Aspen Art Museum from December 9, 2022 through April 2, 2023.
The video presents a fragmented narrative that follows the machinations of a humanoid being seemingly marooned in an affluent domestic environment. Combining 3D computer animation, Super 16mm film, and HD video, A Solid House incorporates a voiceover monologue adapted from Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa’s seminal series of talks entitled Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (1973).
A Solid House, which functions as both a critical essay and meditation on the human ego’s entanglement with spirituality, cruelty, aesthetics, and class, has been developed over the course of four years and was initially conceived for the artist’s 2018 exhibition Disease of the Eyes at Kunsthalle Basel. The exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum marks the video’s debut, as well as the artist’s first institutional solo presentation in the United States.