Please join us at Moving image / New York with
Opening reception: Thursday, March 5, 2015: 6-8pm
Thursday March 5 – Saturday March 7, 2015: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, March 8, 2015: 11am – 4pm
Waterfront New York Tunnel
269 11th Avenue
Between 27th and 28th Streets
New York, NY 10001
Utilizing strictly executed methods of abstraction and reduction, Sebastian Biskup seeks to reveal the elements that determine our viewing habits, as well the relationships between them. The basic question for him is how the gaze is oriented within the space of the image, how our perceptions are influenced by composition, layout, and design – how these produce meaning even before figurative and textual elements. In Biskup’s video work he develops a unique visual language in which a flood of commercial images are manipulated to an abstraction.
In his approach, Biskup makes no distinction between high culture and vernacular detritus: masterpieces of painting from different eras, tabloids, advertisements, and TV shows all serve him equally as source materials. By analyzing and averaging their hues and surfaces, summarizing and breaking them down into simple geometric shapes or mere outlines, he insists on flattening the two-dimensional space of the image until the illusion of depth and its components’ targeted optical evocation of atmosphere become evident.