Friday, February 18, 2011
Wynne Greenwood and The New Report
Wynne Greenwood is a lesbian feminist performance artist who works in various media such as installation art, photography, filmmaking and music.
Wynne currently works out of Seattle, Washington.
Wynne is best known for her work under the name Tracy + the Plastics. While working as the Plastics, Wynne played the role of three characters: Tracy and her back-up singers Nikki Romanos and Cola. In live performances, Nikki and Cola (aka "the Plastics") existed in pre-recorded video which played behind Tracy as she gave live vocals. The project ended in June 2006.
Her installation entitled "Peas" was featured as a Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Project from February to April 2007.
In 2008, Wynne received a Genius Award from Seattle's The Stranger (newspaper), which included a check for $5,000 and a notification via cake. The cake was received while Wynne was teaching art to kids convicted of crimes at Southeast Youth and Family Services in Columbia City. She responded to the honor by saying, "You have no idea what this means. . . . Now I can make art again.”
Not sure how to classify the aesthetic of the New Report, but it’s definitely unique to K8 Hardy and Wynne Greenwood. The New Reporters don berets and turtlenecks as tongue-in-cheek renditions of late Modernist artists, and set their show against a colorful, cut and paste style film set. Informed by 2nd wave feminist video, Hardy and Greenwood’s playful newscast successfully utilizes a constellation of political and artistic references.