Andreas Bunte / Arthur De Pins / Lisa Oppenheim
A Group Show Curated by Victoria Mendryzk
O U T P O S T
Opening View: Friday 1 May, 6 to 9pm
On view: 2 to 21 May
12noon to 6pm daily
Open to public admission free
Outpost is delighted to present May's show curated and brought together by Victoria Mendrzyk. Turning Points delivers three distinct artists' works where there appears a period of flux; this change in direction or innovation can be seen to be a physical or metaphorical one. The animation by Arthur de Pins La Révolution des Crabes made especially for the Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art's Momentary Momentum, a special exhibition exploring the use of animated drawing in 2007, could be considered the most accessible of the works shown at OUTPOST this month, depicting an endearing narrative/documentary, with comic overtones, of the 'depressed crabs' who learn to turn and thus change the direction in which they walk. The metaphor is an obvious one of crisis bringing about adaptation to new situations, the realization of unleashed potential and other such celebrations of increased freedom via progress. The natural world is brought into a black and white, animated world and speaks to the viewer in a familiar format.
Remaining with the time-based image, Andreas Bunte's 16mm film La Fée Éléctricité chronicles the advent of electricity and light. Bunte's silent movie was made through the very existence of the technology it portrays. The analogue format provided the filmmaker with a simplicity of form and limitations of media that suit his conceptual way of working. Even for the gallery, obtaining the equipment to play this film becomes much more problematic than if it had been prepared in digital format. The discovery of electricity is not presented from a scientific or historical point of view but with small anecdotes, either found in the newspapers or invented. Bunte rejects the documentary style and instead transports us back into the atmosphere of the discovery in the nineteenth century.
Lisa Oppenheim's work similarly uses found images, in this case based on the book 100 Photographs that Changed the World published by Time/Life magazine. The images she presents are computer-generated photographs of the night sky at precise moments in time when the photographs in the book were taken. This body of work presents far-reaching, contemplative images of the 'changing' moment captured by a configuration of celestial forms. The dialogue then becomes one-sided between the seen and the unseen, and the viewer is left to speculate on what is immutable.
Victoria Mendrzyk has brought together these highly distinct works at a time when new technology is being constantly questioned by efficiency and ecology, and our communication media potential is ever increasing. Does our natural desire to break free from the constraints of history merely lead us back to familiar turning points and to what extent do new discoveries impact on our lives? Turning Points is the ongoing conversation between physics and philosophy. At a time when change is so often mistaken for progress, these artworks through small anecdotes, an economy of means deceptively simple, the use of archives, of animated drawings and of the latest software propose a poetic, contemplative and humoristic view on major historical issues.
Andreas Bunte (born in 1970) lives and works in Berlin. He has recently had solo shows at the Kunstverein Bielefeld; Open Space and Art Cologne and shown in 'In May (After October)' at Gallery TPW, Tornonto and 'A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm', at Kunstverein Bozen. New York-based artist Lisa Oppenheim was born in 1975. Recent solo exhibitions include: 'The Making of Americans' at STORE, London, 'Lisa Oppenheim' at Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, and group shows include: 'The Why of Life' at the Swiss Institute, New York. Arthur de Pins (born in 1977), who lives and works in Paris was co-writer and illustrator of 'Peches Mignons tomes 2 & 3', published by Fluide Glacial and director of 'La Minute du Buzz' and 'Mikido'. Victoria Mendrzyk was born in 1981 and is based in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Curating Contempoary Art, from Goldsmiths College with a BA in Fine Art & History of Art and from Paris-X with a BA in Philosophy. She is currently the gallery manager at Laure Genillard Gallery, London. In 2008 she co-curated 'Of This Tale, I Cannot Guarantee a Single Word' in the Royal College of Art Galleries'.
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