You’ve Reached the Office of Stuart Ullman
October 6 – November 4, 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 single video that portrays a fan of the movie as she discomfortingly mouths the words of a notorious scene while the movie plays offscreen. The show will close one month later with a large projected video of the office set that Jenne will create while the show is on display.
The banality of Stuart Ullman’s office makes the portentous moments that occur inside of it all the more palpable. It is an outlier, embedded deep in the eerie spacial and narrative architecture of the movie. As such, its oddity will continue to be the subject of hardcore Shining fans’ conjecture about its meaning, “for ever, and ever, and ever.”