Archive for 2010
Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb
A solo project by Andrea Geyer, Curated by Juli Carson
Sep 30, 2010 to Dec 04, 2010
Image, Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb, Andrea Geyer

UAG / Room Gallery continues its Critical Aesthetics Program, with Andrea Geyer's Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb.  Coined the “Architect of the Holocaust,” Adolf Eichmann’s death sentence was executed on May 31, 1962 after his historic trial in a Jerusalem Court.  Over the course of this trial, the courtroom in Jerusalem became a worldwide stage for a multitude of struggles for justice, truth, history and the sovereignty of a young nation.  The Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote about these trials and later published her book “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” a volume that infamously posited the philosophical paradox: the banality of evil.  Some 40 years later, the mid-career German artist Andrea Geyer has conceived an artwork related to these trials called: Crimi...


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Secret Traveler Navigator
A Solo Project by Erika Vogt, Curated by Juli Carson
Sep 30, 2010 to Dec 04, 2010
Image, Secret Traveler Navigator, Erika Vogt

Room Gallery continues its Emerging Artist Series with Erika Vogt’s interdisciplinary installation, Secret Traveler Navigator, which premiered at the 2010 Whitney Biennial.  The work’s main component is a film that blurs the boundaries between what Peter Wollen designated as the narrative and structuralist historical avant-gardes.  In so doing, the work begs the question: what is a narrative?  And, by extension, what is a journey?  Structurally, the film is an episodic narrative, wherein different scenes repeat similar abstract images or specific activities, while metaphorically it is also an abstract representation of a compass that’s been broken down into parts.  After the viewer has navigated their journey through these abstract and real signs, a voiceover is heard:...


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X Love Scenes / Pearls Without a String
A solo project by Constanze Ruhm, Curated by Juli Carson
Jan 07, 2010 to Feb 06, 2010
Image, X Love Scenes / Pearls Without a String, Installation Detail

The UAG / Room Gallery proudly launches its Critical Aesthetics Line, an exhibition series showcasing internationally renowned art works by mid career artists.  This year’s selection is Constanze Ruhm’s X Love Scenes / Pearls without a String, which will be shown in Room Gallery.  Constanze Ruhm lives and works in Vienna.

What would it mean to stage a love scene in film that would extend to a love scene in life?  It’s a question of image before experience or, more precisely, a question of experience inextricably bound up with image.  This is what X Love Scenes, a multi-channel video installation, explores.  Edison's famous May Irwin Kiss from 1896, a quintessential trope of cinema narrative, is restaged in X Love Scenes as an unresolved, trauma...


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Video Dada
An exhibition and project by Martha Gever
Jan 07, 2010 to Feb 06, 2010
Image, Martha Gever, Video Dada

VIDEO DADA: No repeat of history, not neo-Dada, but still wreaking havoc with conventional parameters of art.  Nowadays inventive, intelligent, and aesthetically sophisticated videos can be seen far afield, outside traditional art venues like museums and galleries.  Artists circulate their videos on a much wider scale than that achieved by any television network.  VIDEO DADA asks how these changes complicate the conceptual and aesthetic contours of art.  The exhibition features 300 plus videos — playing on eight screens — by individual artists and art collectives that circulate in the hurly-burly multiverse of the internet.  Some serious, some humorous, and some both at once, these works exercise manifold strategies: absurd drama, wry animation, politically astute collage, wild...


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