You've Reached the Office of Stuart Ullman LUMP - October, 2017
A near exact recreation of the office set from the Overlook Hotel in the 1980 film, The Shining is the centerpiece of George Jenne’s third solo show at LUMP. You’ve Reached the Office of Stuart Ullman measures the veracity of cinephilia by taking verisimilitude to its threshold. The show will open with the fully realized office on display, empty of its necessary characters. Opposite the installation, there will be a two channel video that portrays a fan of the movie as he discomfortingly mouths the words of a notorious scene while the movie plays off screen.
The banality of Stuart Ullman’s office makes the portentous moments that occur inside of it all the more palpable. The office, which is buried deep in the eerie spacial and narrative architecture of the movie, defies the logic and layout of the Overlook Hotel, according to die hard Shining fans. Is it true conspiracy on Kubrik's part, or did he fudge it, and perform a calculated manipulation in the face of the pragmatism that guides every creative endeavor?