Creating realitiesGalerie Open by Alexandra Rockelmann
Friday 28-Oct-2011 - Saturday 01-Dec-2012
Is what we see real? How can we influence perception? In "Creating Realities" galerie OPEN by Alexandra Rockelmann is showing a series of works from photography to installation, which question our everyday approach what is real.
Artist: Hélène van Duijne, Rebecca Loyche, Klaus Pichler, Thomas Stüssi, Kathleen Vance Special Guest: Twig Capra Creating Realities, Group show – galerie OPEN by Alexandra Rockelmann by Alexandra Rockelmann 28.10.2011 – 12.01.2012 OPENing 27.10.2011 7 pm Is what we see real? How can we influence perception? In "Creating Realities" galerie OPEN by Alexandra Rockelmann is showing a series of works from photography to installation, which question our everyday approach what is real. In the tradition of Land Art, Kathleen Vance re-contextualizes nature in the White Cube: a stream springs from the gallery walls, meanders between grassy banks and cascades into an artificial streambed. Thomas Stüssi's installation renders the urbanite's habitual escapism is visible. Hélène van Duijne reanimates obsolete data carriers, questioning the linear progress of archival functions. Klaus Pichler's allotment photographs highlight their artifice, while Rebecca Loyche uses disjoint visual and aural effects in her video works to highlight the breaks in our memory. Land Artists Richard Long and Robert Smithson first undertook interventions into natural surroundings and landscape construction. Reconstructing nature by shifting artifacts or inserting objects into landscape, and questioning the way we take our surroundings for granted formed their artistic practice. What is perceived as excessively rational is questioned, opening the possibility for expanding consciousness and reality, enabling alternative perceptions. Vance's and Stüssi's question our perception of reality in their large-scale installations: the New York artist's stream first appears idyllically bucolic, out of place in the gallery space. Upon closer examination, it dissipates entirely into the artificial world. To escape from our every-day urban surroundings we create our own reality bubble through iPods and avoidance of eye contact. Stüssi reverses this process: surrounded by chaos, we enter an artificial bubble, once inside we can put our head in the clouds. Allotments – reappropriated as Middle Class utopia by urbanites – represent an obsessive urge to control the minutiae of nature. The Austrian photographer Pichler documents these attempts where natural objects are rendered near artificial in the form of a sociological investigation. Photos, audio tapes and data carriers significantly influence how we remember, their linear trajectory suggesting a cogency which often simply does not exist. Rebecca Loyche's videos, sound and image interlace incoherently in an attempt to show how memory works, highlighting the breaks, fragments, the dreamlike and the confusion inherent in the process. Hélène van Duijne expands this fragmentation to the medium, snatching obsolete data carriers such as tapes and polaroids from the arms of the archivist. She places these in new constellations rendering forgotten moments visible. The characters in guest artist Twig Capras videos are aspects of herself, which she kills off or reanimates, thus playfully creating new realities. The exhibition runs from October 28th to January 12th 2012 at galerie OPEN by Alexandra Rockelmann, Legiendamm 18-20, 10179 Berlin, exhibition opening on Thursday, 27th October at 7 pm Text by Jeni Fulton
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