Laura Parnes

Laura Parnes is an artist whose work engages strategies of narrative film and video art to blur the lines between storytelling conventions and experimentation. Parnes combines elements such as continuity and dialogue with highly stylized sets and performances to present non-linear narratives as installations that utilize the architectural space of a gallery or museum. By deploying cinematic citation as an element of site-specific installation, the staging of her own productions reverberates in an exhibition setting, often requiring the audience to physically enter a scripted environment or re-creation of the production set. Parnes' installations operate at a symbolic and sculptural level, while maintaining a narrative coherence that points to a future in which reality is tightly nested in layers of art, popular culture, and experience.

She has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including: The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain; Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland; Overgaden-Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN; Cinematexas, Austin, TX; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina, Sofia, Madrid; Whitney Museum of American Art (1997 Whitney Biennial), New York, NY; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand; The MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; and Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

Her solo exhibitions include: LA><Art, Los Angeles, CA; Alma Enterprises, London, England; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; Participant Inc., New York, NY and Deitch Projects, New York, NY. She has had solo screenings at the Museum of Modern Art; New York, NY, The Kitchen, New York, NY; CATE 10 Year Anniversary, Presented by the School of Art Institute of Chicago and Video Data Bank, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL; Pacific Film Archive: Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Vtape, Toronto, Canada and in a two-person screening at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. She was presented by Participant Inc. in a two-person exhibition at No Soul for Sale at X Initiative, New York, NY.

Parnes is a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and has lectured as a visiting artist at numerous institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University and University of California at Los Angeles. She has participated in panels at Yale University, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and MoMA PS1. Parnes has held teaching positions at New York University, The New School and Bennington College. In 2012 she was a visiting critic at Yale University. She is currently teaching graduate programs at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY and the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Artist Code: 528


County Down

2012, 69:08 minutes, colour, English

The Only Ones Left

2007, 06:25 minutes, B&W/colour, English

Blood and Guts in High School

2007, 50:27 minutes, colour, English

Hollywood Inferno (Episode One)

2001, 40:00 minutes, colour, English

Heidi 2 (The Unauthorized Sequel)

2000, 30:00 minutes, colour, English

Suburban Peace Coalition

1999, 03:30 minutes, colour, English

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

1998, 06:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

No Is Yes

1998, 40:00 minutes, colour, English

Talent Show

1996, 04:00 minutes, colour, English


1995, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

Ladies, There's a Space You Can't Go

1995, 06:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Lynn Hershman Leeson History=Future
by Laura Parnes. P.S.1 Newspaper Special Edition, Winter 2008.
The Curatorial Incubator Round II
by Marty Spellerberg..
Three European Festivals Go Installation
by Chris Kennedy. LIFT, July Summer 2000, v. 20, no. 4.
Three European Festivals Go Installation
Born Under Surveillance, 1998. Vancouver: Video in Studio, 1998.