Liz Deschenes, Green Screen #4, 2001/2016. Double-laminated inkjet print on Duratrans, 183 × 71 inches (464.8 × 180.3 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Erica Gervais and Ted Pappendick. Installation view, Blue Screen Process, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, 2001. Courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. © Liz Deschenes
Liz Deschenes is known for lushly beautiful and meditative work in photography and sculpture that probes the relationship between the mechanics of seeing, image-making processes, and modes of display. She employs various photographic technologies to explore the symbolic power of color and creates sculptural installations that respond to a site’s unique features.
Green screens are commonly used as backdrops in television, film, and video game production to introduce special effects. They are typically invisible to viewers, but in Green Screen #4 Deschenes makes them both subject and object. A 15-foot-long monochrome photograph mounted on Duratrans, a material used for commercial photography displays, Green Screen #4 is a stand-in for the thing it depicts.
This acquisition introduces a new artist to the ICA/Boston collection—one with connections to Boston and to the ICA’s exhibition program—and also an innovative artwork that pushes photography into the realm of sculpture and installation, an interest also reflected in the collection works by Leslie Hewitt, Erin Shirreff, and Sara VanDerBeek. Green Screen #4 builds on the museum’s strength in photography and sculpture while also diversifying these holdings and offering visitors a novel engagement with these media.