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In-Flight Antics 

Wednesday, Apr 4 2012
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Before every dream vacation in a faraway land comes the agony of the long-haul plane flight. We always fantasize about being magically upgraded out of economy, but we always find ourselves in steerage, where the aisles are narrow and the seats barely recline. Making art is probably not the first thing that occurs to the average person , but artist Nina Katchadourian is definitely not the average person. Known for conceptual pieces in which she has mended broken spider webs with thread or organized the cars in a parking lot by color, Katchadourian always brings a lively sense of humor and a keen observational eye to her practice. In March 2010 she pulled out her camera phone on a flight and started improvising with the materials she had on hand, and to this day she has amassed more than 2,500 images and videos in this ongoing body of work she calls “Seat Assignments.” Paper toilet seat covers and inflatable neck pillows transform into elaborate ruffles and headpieces in the hilarious Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style, while in the Buckleheads series she surreptitiously snaps pictures of her fellow passengers by capturing their faces reflected in her seatbelt. In-flight magazines and travel guides serve as the components for collages, and even the ubiquitous in-flight salty snacks find new uses on her tray table as she arranges them into patterns. Planning a trip that involves air travel? Her work is inspiration on how to make the flights less miserable.
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