Elise Rasmussen

June 25–September 18, 2016

Curated by Patrick Macaulay


Checa is rooted around theories related to Russian Constructivist design as well as the adoption of Modernist art techniques – both which have historically served a utilitarian purpose. The set reinterprets Alphonse Laurencic’s “checa” prison cell, which used techniques from Modern Art to psychologically torture prisoners during the Spanish Civil War. In the video and photographs the performer moves in ways that are related to and restricted by the space. The piece raises questions as to whether art can truly serve a social purpose or is at risk of becoming a prisoner to itself.


Elise Rasmussen received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Ryerson University. She is represented by ESP (Erin Stump Projects) in Toronto, and her work has been exhibited, performed and screened at international venues including the Brooklyn Museum (NY), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), CCS Bard Hessel Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), Pioneer Works (NY); Night Gallery (LA); Standpoint Gallery (London), Dazibao (Montreal), and TRUCK Contemporary Art (Calgary). Originally from Edmonton, Rasmussen is based in Brooklyn, NY.