Ann Daly, Artist, exhibition "The Automaton Olympia's Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting Anxieties," furniture, wax, steel pins, books.  No.1; Art Installation. Ann Burke Daly; Cabinet of Curiosities   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton Olympia's Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting Anxieties," furniture, wax, steel pins, books.  No.1; Art Installation. Ann Burke Daly, NYC   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton  Olympia's Archive," Photographic Installation. Ann Burke Daly, solo exhibition, Montreal   ···  

THE AUTOMATON OLYMPIA'S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: COLLECTING ANXIETIES

project dates: 1995–2002


"
Daly unhinges the everyday by her strategies of collecting details and evidence, to produce a dreamlike collection that thrives on loss in order to break free from the confines of the domestic interior.” –S. Min, Curator, The Mourning After

Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton Olympia's Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting Anxieties," furniture, wax, steel pins, books.  No.1; Art Installation. Ann Burke Daly, NYC   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton Olympia's Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting Anxieties," furniture, wax, steel pins, books.  No.1; Art Installation. Ann Burke Daly   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, "Stereoscopic Vision", Installation View: Narrative Urge exhibition, NYC. Installation Sound Art Installation, spoken narratives: "Conversation Excerpts," and "The Photographs" Ann Burke Daly, Artist   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, "Stereoscopic Vision", Installation View: Narrative Urge exhibition, NYC. Installation Sound Art Installation, spoken narratives: "Conversation Excerpts," and "The Photographs"   ···  
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Ann Daly, Artist, The Automaton Olympia Reflects Installation View: 2001 exhibition, NYC. Installation Sound Art, Video Art Installation, 4 spoken narratives   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, The Automaton Olympia Reflects Installation View: 2001 exhibition, NYC. Installation Sound Art, Video Art Installation, 4 spoken narratives   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, The Automaton Olympia Throws Her Voice, Installation View: LA exhibition. Installation Sound Art, Video Art Installation, multiple monitors, no sound, ten second cuts   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, The Automaton Olympia Throws Her Voice, Installation View: LA exhibition. Installation Sound Art, Video Art Installation, multiple monitors, no sound, ten second cuts   ···  
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Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton  Olympia's Archive," Photographic Installation. Ann Burke Daly, solo exhibition, Montreal   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton  Olympia's Archive," Photographic Installation. Ann Burke Daly, solo exhibition, Montreal   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, The Collector's Dream. Installation, The Mourning After, Ann Burke Daly, Artist, Installation size variable. Seen here: 30’x18’. Beeswax cast flowers, furniture, three sound loops, about a woman "D"   ···  
SV: The Footnotes, rephotographed childhood photographs. Thirty-two 4x5" Polaroids, half color, half black and white, pinned to the wall in a grid, exhited in Narrative Urge.
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Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton  Olympia's Archive," Photographic Installation. Ann Burke Daly, solo exhibition, Montreal   ···  
Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton  Olympia's Archive," Photographic Installation. Ann Burke Daly, solo exhibition, Montreal
Ann Daly, Artist, solo exhibition "The Automaton  Olympia's Archive," Photographic Installation. Ann Burke Daly, solo exhibition, Montreal

The Automaton Olympia's Cabinet of Curiosities, 1996–2002

The Automaton Olympia's Cabinet of Curiosities, is a series of Installations consisting of video, sound, photographs, drawings, objects found and altered, writings, from 1996-2002. Exhibition venues include: Uppsala KonstMuseum (Museum of Art, Uppsala Sweden), Lombard-Freid Fine Arts (NYC), Linda Kirkland Gallery (NYC), Gallerie Powerhouse (Montreal, Canada), Los Angeles Municipal Gallery (Los Angeles, California) 

"These time–based and diverse media installations, present fragments suggesting narrative that the viewer is called upon to complete through recollection and psychological projection. This project investigates the tropes of collecting, detection, and storytelling, entering the realm of a hallucinatory real, occupying the selvage between “realism” and a phantasmagoria of the everyday. The Automaton Olympia, a fictional character, is formed in the work through evanescent evidence, the private collection and archive of traces. The project investigates the construction of a claustrophobic white european middle class identity in which a stranglehold of imaged “nature” is inscribed across the domestic interior, its furnishings and objects, including the female inhabitant’s body and psyche. Doubling, an excess of the indexical sign, narrational fields of image and text vocalized without end and with shifting permutations, a logic of incompletion and excess, are structural components of this project. The vagaries of memory and perception, and a question of what constitutes the becoming of subjectivity are foregrounded through the heterogeneous installations which structure The Automaton Olympia’s Cabinet of Curiosities and The Automaton Olympia’s Archive." –A .Daly, from Letters Unsent

"Barely able to stammer a few words, he grasped her hand. It was as cold as ice. A deathly chill passed through him. Gazing into Olympia's eyes he saw that they shone at him with love and longing, and at that moment the pulse seemed to beat again in her cold hand, and warm life-blood to surge through her veins." (Nathaniel regards Olympia, an automaton: E.T.A. Hoffman, The Sandman)


33 Hours (A Glove Collection)


14 vintage ladies leather gloves embossed by a bookmaker with a medication schedule (hydrocodone 7:30am; proventil 8:15am, etc).

  “In the room, three audio recordings attempt to narrate a story about a woman named “D“. Disjunction between what is seen and what is heard in the staggered intervals of dialogue forces the viewer to inhale and take in the smells and tactility of Daly’s wax flowers and traces of collected items. The excess of smells and conflicting narratives afford a kind of decadence in which the excess of The Collector’s Dream spills over into claustrophobia and a wish to escape into the sublime. Daly unhinges the everyday by her strategies of collecting details and evidence, to produce a dreamlike collection that thrives on loss in order to break free from the confines of the domestic interior.” –S. Min catalog excerpt, The Mourning After


The Collector’s Dream

The Los Angeles Times, April 16, 1999, C. Ise:

"...the suffocating sensory excess of Ann Daly's all-white bedroom, which is filled with wax flowers that emit a sickeningly sweet aroma. A halting monologue, delivered from speakers hidden in different corners of the room, is barely audible. As you move about the installation in an attempt to catch the words, the voice seems to shift elsewhere, like a memory that fades at the exact moment of recall."


The Automaton Olympia's Archive

An archive comprised of Black and White Photographs which document objects of the absent Automaton Olympia constructed through the group of installations entitled The Automaton Olympia's Cabinet of Curiosities. An essay about this work was published in Multiplier. 11 x 14 inch black and white photographs.

Stereoscopic Vision
"Stereoscopic Vision by Ann Burke Daly invites the viewer to listen to two parallel and intertwined memoirs which describe an ambiguous past and chart the inconsistencies and temporal dislocations born from the way memory tends to deviate"
–C.Roberts, Curator, Narrative Urge, press release, excerpts

Seen here in Narrative Urge Exhibition, Lombard-Freid Gallery, NYC. Materials: Plinth or Desk, Chair, two walkmen spliced to one headset, 2 cassette tapes "Conversational Excerpts" and "The Photographs", pencil tracings of removed photographs on wall above desk. Size: 10 x 10 x 10 feet. Seen here in a much larger area.  


Gift (from you, you, you)

1996. Books, cast wax, book inscriptions.

“…Ann Daly invites [sic] the viewer to participate in a search that attempts to track the processes and deviations of memory in and through loss that redraw melancholia’s boundaries of space. In The Automaton Olympia Throws Her Voice and The Collector’s Dream, Daly attempts to control loss through the realm of the collection: an accumulation of objects images, and soundtracks." –S. Min catalog excerpt, The Mourning After

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