This past week, I was lucky enough to get a quick chat in with McLean Fahnestock at her Brewery studio:
Fahnestock is a media artist with a studio in The Brewery. Her project-based, interdisciplinary practice includes sculpture, photography, video, and installation.
Both Fahnestock’s Grandfather and Great Uncle were explorers in the Southern Pacific — tasked with collecting specimens and native music for the Natural History Museum of New York. Much of her work launches from here, with allusions to the romantic draw of the ocean and the quest for new experiences. From her artist statement:
“An important part of my work is the reclamation of information from the media and history from institutions and re-presenting it in a way that leads us to address the truth of a situation versus the myth that has been perpetuated. Sometimes I present fact and other times not, but most times, following the lead of those I critique, it is a mixture of the two. This intermingling of truths and fictionalizations question our ideas of greatness, singularity, and who and what make “history.”