"I/you grit my/your teeth"
March 29 - April 30, 2008
Opening reception March 29 from 6 - 9 pm
"Winternacht an der Partnach" (detail), 2008
Silver on photoprint, 14 x 20 cm
is pleased to present "I/you grit my/your teeth", an exhibition of three artists whose work flirts with a faint sense of anxiety brought about by structural instability (of materials, support, and processes) and a certain aesthetic austerity. All of the pieces in the exhibition, when material, are in tones of a reductive gray-scale, mimicking the binary nature of the physical and the psychological. As the title makes reference, there is a certain psychosomatic manifestation (gritting one's teeth) that can take place at the threshold of cognition; and the works in this exhibition collectively aim to attain a certain high-pitched frequency brought about by the quasi-reductive and recessive nature of these abstract representations of a pre-conscious state: white noise pregnant with the weight of its meaning, despite its non-objective nature.
The films, photograms and sound works of Amy Granat are ultimately about the existential nature of seeing (or hearing) and being; and reduce visual representation to its black & white brass tacks. By breaking down the different media of photography and the moving image via formal, and in some cases, chemical techniques, her work may be considered to be representations of the media themselves: photographs and films of how these analogue technologies function (and in many ways how our own perception acts as another layer of media). Primarily known for her installations of altered 16 mm films with sound (the artist has stated "whatever kind of assault you can make on film material, I've done"), for this exhibition she will be exhibiting 2 large-scale pieces from her "Wonderwheats" series: photograms which use her altered films as source material, and are once again layered with dark-room and formal processes similar to the way in which she alters her original films.
Mandla Reuter's installations and architectural interventions usually take the form of ephemeral modifications of institutional structures: gallery walls, lights, and doors can be altered, moved, or blocked to modify their function or access. His work examines the parameters that define the space of cultural production and their perception by the viewer, and acts as an agent subverting these power structures that underline and determine accepted behavior in these spaces, as well as what kind of experience we expect from these spaces. For this exhibition Reuter will cover a gallery wall with monochrome posters made from the 4-color offset printing process representing absolute black (100% of each of the cyan, magenta, yellow, and black colors in the process); and the diffusion from the gallery basement of a soundtrack of a popular film currently seen in nearby theatres.
Claudia Wieser's drawings, installations, and relief sculptures use abstract geometrical tropes and reflective materials to transcend a context of the purely rational or the simply representational. The resulting sensations can often have a dizzying Alice-in-Wonderland effect, where the viewer seems to confront decompositions of architectural space and varying representations of scale: from molecular-like symmetry and abstraction, to a classical modernist vocabulary of the flat picture plane, to representations of larger than life landscapes. For this exhibition Wieser will be installing a site-specific wallpaper abstraction, and will present a series of her silver-leaf abstractions on early 20th century landscape photographs.
Amy Granat (b. 1976) lives and works in New York. She is a co-founder of the "Cinema Zero" film and performance series, and has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions including: le Confort Moderne in Poitiers, Mitterand + Sanz in Zurich, PS1 and the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, the Swiss Institute in New York, the CAPC in Bordeaux, the Palais de Tokyo
and the Kadist Foundation
in Paris. She has a solo exhibition at Basis in Frankfurt opening on March 28th, and is included in the 2008 edition of the Whitney Biennial.
Mandla Reuter (b. 1975) lives and works in Berlin, and has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions including the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Approach in London, Johan König and Jan Wentrup in Berlin, Neue Alte Brücke in Frankfurt, and will be included in the upcoming edition of the Site Santa Fe Biennial. He was awarded the Gasag Art Award in 2007.
Claudia Wieser (b. 1973) lives and works in Berlin, and has exhibited at Ben Kaufmann, Arndt + Partner and Carlier-Gerbauer in Berlin, Elisabeth Kaufmann in Munich, Eva Winkler in Frankfurt, Sikkema + Jenkins in NY, Patricia Low in Gstaad, Sies + Hoke in Dusseldorf, and has upcoming exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery in New York, Galerie Mezzanin in Austria, and at Zabludowicz Art Projects in London.
Special thanks to the Confort Moderne in Poitiers.