The Speed Of Hair

Shane Aslan Selzer

The Speed Of Hair

single-channel, color, sound, 4’42”

Artist’s Statement of Action: On a Wednesday I asked a friend to cut off my hair. The extreme growth of my hair had always marked the passing of time, physical evidence of personal movement. Strangely, cutting my hair also proved to mark time, but now it was time shed, a discarded heap of time. On a Thursday I traveled by train from Brooklyn to Albany. I passed the time watching the Hudson River float downstream out the window. The play list on my iPod spontaneously accompanied the sight, then looped, and began again. On a Friday I took the bus back from Albany to a meeting in Queens. If I only looked straight out the side window, the landscape rushed past. If I looked slightly forward, the speed appeared to slow. When I reached Jamaica Avenue I remembered being here before. I tried to recall who was with me. The memory was gone.

The next week I retraced the journey. But my seat was never the same.

Shane Aslan Selzer is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She had a 2009 solo exhibition at The Suburban in Oak Park, IL, and upcoming group exhibitions include Brooklyn and Wisconsin. This summer she was a visiting artist for the TICA program at The Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008 she was based in Johannesburg, South Africa at The Bag Factory Residency. In 2007 she was awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park and exhibited at Andrew Kreps Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, the New York Times and regional publications. Selzer graduated from California College of the Arts in 2004 with an MFA in Sculpture and an MA in Visual & Critical Studies. Selzer is adjunct faculty for Graduate Fine Arts at the State University of New York at Albany.