New York Postcard: Time & Space

Art Life , Exhibitions Mar 06, 2015 No Comments

George Shaw reports from the intersection of time and space…

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view 2

Installation view 2

Stainless, 7492, New York

Stainless, 7492, New York

Urban Flow 1837, New York

Urban Flow 1837, New York

In Kontinuum, at Julie Saul Gallery, Adam Magyar bends traditional concepts of time in masterful photography and video works. Using a modified slit-scan camera in the series Urban Flow Magyar aggregates thousands of individual events into single frozen moments. In the show’s six video works, Magyar stretches time with a high-speed industrial video camera adapted to extend 12-second exposures to 12 minutes, to concentrate on the often missed beauty of “in-between times” instead of always focusing on the big picture. See more here and here.

Images courtesy Julie Saul Gallery

Dele & lale, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Dele-lale, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Huli Wigmen, Tari Valley, Papua New Guinea

Huli Wigmen, Tari Valley, Papua New Guinea

Nyerere, Lamulen & Loingu, Milgis, Kenya

Nyerere, Lamulen & Loingu, Milgis, Kenya

Olaro, Boja, Gasho & Goba, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Olaro, Boja, Gasho & Goba, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

 

From the innocent and well meaning to the manipulative and exploitative, ethnographic photography is a quick way to test the ethics and integrity of art. At the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Jimmy Nelson portrays his subjects in poses that seem to be more about ‘his’ place and time, than not. While Nelson contends he is only “romanticizing them in a way that engages their own desires to be seen,” a bigger question might be What does it mean to glamourise indigenous people? Or is it patronising to even ask that?

Images courtesy Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Production stills

Treatment – Production stills

Production stills 2

Treatment – Production stills 2

Candice Breitz continues to explore the relationship between real life and reel life in her two-channel video work Treatment showing at Andrew Kreps Gallery. Focusing on three key scenes from the 1979 David Cronenberg film The Brood in which a couple fighting for custody of their five-year old daughter Candice undergo intense psychotherapy, Breitz casts both her parents, psychotherapist, and herself to re-voice the characters in those scenes. Like Cronenberg, Breitz’s interest in how cinematic analysis and psychological analysis often overlap is abundantly clear. See Treatment at Vimeo.

George Shaw

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