NEW VIDEO WORK
OPENING: March 12, 2015, 6–9pm
Duration: March 13, 2015 – April 25, 2015
Artist Talk | Bagel Brunch w/ Ulrich Steinberg: March 22, 2015, 12am – 4pm
ROCKELMANN& is pleased to present UNTITLED (NBC_02/01/15), the first solo show in the gallery of Sebastian Biskup, a multimedia artist who has been living and working in Berlin since 2006.
The exhibition, a screening of a single channel video piece by Biskup, is a continuation of his exploration into the basic structure and composition of our cultural products, and how this visual language influences the way in which such creations are interpreted and digested. Taking preexisting works of social and cultural artifacts—ranging from “high art” classical painting to televised screenings of popular sports—Biskup then abstracts their original narrative by collapsing the visual language into simplified color blocks. Despite the reduced and generalized color, forms, and temporal structures of the original work—in this case, the Super Bowl XLIX, broadcast just last month on February 1st, 2015—it is difficult for viewers to escape the habit of interpreting the animated images as constitutive of virtual space. From one moment to the next, perceived pictorial depth is dissolved into simple relations of form and color and back again.
By juxtaposing the everyday, subconscious action of watching and digesting culture with the unusually abstracted visions on the screen, the viewer is invited to reflect on how we typically and often thoughtlessly interpret media and culture. Despite the foreignness of Biskup’s abstracted visual language, it concurrently feels eerily familiar and compels the viewer towards a moment of recognition. Whether one sees Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist forms or a James Turrell-like confusion of space and light, Biskup calls upon us to notice the rules that serve as the foundations of our cultural products. Often, these rules appear to be based upon the simple biological wiring of our common human psyche and experience—why certain colors may serve as warnings, for instance, or why particular compositions are reassuring and pleasing, while others chaotic and dissonant. Biskup thus opens up a discourse on how we consume and understand what we see, and how we understand our own comprehension.
We welcome you to join us for the opening of ‘UNTITLED (NBC_02/01/15)’ on Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 9 pm, and on Sunday, March 22, 12 to 4 pm for the artist talk and bagel brunch. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.