Archive for January, 2007
It is five o’clock in the afternoon in Copenhagen on Halloween, 31 October 2003. Elmer has just left the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts after a master class. He is ebullient as he steps over the threshold into Egelund, where the artist Niels Reumert is opening his exhibition. Elmer contemplates a huge painting on the end wall and looks over at the artist, Reumert. “Shouldn’t I update you a little bit?” he says. Reumert looks at Elmer, indulging him as he replies, “When shall we start?” Time passes, and each time they run into each other in Copenhagen, they ask, “When shall we start?” It is March 2006. We are in a rented room in the A-Huset building at Islandsbrygge in Copenhagen. Reumert starts off, putting brush to canvas first. Elmer then takes his turn. The game is on: a challenge to the visual arts and to the picture itself. The “real” painter versus the conceptual artist: they paint and discuss. The “battle of the painting” fluctuates between confrontation and dialogue, between the artists making joint decisions and tripping each other up. To introduce their works, Reumert and Elmer have allied themselves with 18 bleeding-edge young painters. Each will contribute one work of art carefully selected by Reumert and Elmer and, with a starting point in the two artists’ project, they will each write a short text to accompany their paintings on exhibit and in the catalogue.
TEXT: A candle that appears to be burning down soon, is found inside a glass vitrine that is placed on top of a classical showcase. This particular showcase usually used in museums for history. This candle though is burning for aprox. 50 hours but the viewer is only able to see a part of the actual size of it. It seems that the candle doesn´t get any shorter and so the fire stays the entire time at the same height level. You might be able to put up a statement with the outcome of a new time perception. This time perception is created by the inversion of the simplest thing we know since a long time – a burning candle. Just in this case the candle burns somewhere else.
Description: media_wood, stepping motor, controller, glass vitrine, cloth
measure_6 ft x 10 inch x 10 inch
R.T. HANSEN BERLIN INC
Gallery // Apartment
Gormansstrasse 19 A
10119 Berlin – Germany
“THE PENCIL OF NOX”
in our project space SATELLIT
Opening: February 8th, 2007 at 7 p.m.
The opening will be held by Prof. Simon Starling.
Duration of the exhibition: February 8th through March 31st, 2007
The Korean artist Youngho Lee and the Japanese artist Mikio Saito who since already some while cooperate as artist duo, present in their first solo show in our project space SATELLIT wall drawings, drawings, photography as well as video animation. Both artists are studying at the Frankfurt Städeschule, Youngho Lee with Simon Starling and Mikio Saito with Mark Lecky.
The exhibition “Pencil of Nature” cites the title of the first photo book by Henry Fox Talbot. Literally he used the rays of the sun to draw his “photography”. Lee and Saito turn this approach in its negative:
“If we imagine that our drawings are photography, they were taken in the dark and were drawn as a reality from our mind. They are personal remapped geography, transformed memory and architecture. And they are growing larger to be in ordinary life. If we believe strongly in something, there will emerge a fantasy figure in the dark (…).” [Saito & Lee]
The old game of animated film to transform one thing in another, to heal the broken, or to revive the Dead, is driven to a self-referential game constantly repeating itself.