Special Things / Scary Things

Nov. 11, 2006 - Jan. 13, 2007

Galerie Guy Bartschi

solo exhibition


Works Shown

Scary Things 1

2006, Sculptural video installation with flat-screen display.

Scary Things is made of images of the simple elements of nature that can be frightening to children. This sculpture (like Special Things) uses the technique of tiny cameras, sculptural miniatures, and acrylic text in one integrated platform. Although the sculpture contains only ten words, hundreds of sentences are created by a software-based video sequencer, forming a poetry of fear which sets image against text: "Dogs are fighting scary things" or "Lost birds are scary".

Double Fantasy 4 (god)

2006, Sculptural kinetic video installation with projection.

The artists are portrayed as children experiencing early spiritual/religious events. The sculpture consists of a vertically-oriented platform mounted on a floor-based stand. Miniature elements, lighting and cameras are mounted on either side of the platform. The live video cameras capture shots of the tableau, which are sequenced by computer into an endlessly looping live video, projected as part of the installation.

Traffic #4: At the Bar

2004, Installation with video projection

Each of these tabletop miniature kinetic sculptures involves two linked narratives. In At the Bar, a small-scale recreation of Bonnie and Clyde is portrayed. The other is a tableau portraying the artists themselves in the act of watching the film on a small- screen at a bar: a live video feed of the cinematic recreation appears on their screen. In the gallery space, a video sequence cuts back and forth between images of the artists in their viewing environment and images of the film scene they are watching.

Traffic #1: Our Second Date

2004, Installation with video projection

Each of these tabletop miniature kinetic sculptures involves two linked narratives. In Second Date, one harrative is a small-scale recreation of a scene from the film Week End by Jean Luc Godard. The other is a tableau portraying the artists themselves in the act of watching the film on a small- screen: a live video feed of the cinematic recreation appears on their screen. In the gallery space, a video sequence cuts back and forth between images of the artists in their viewing environment and images of the film scene they are watching. All of the films involve car culture and its portrayal in cinema.

Special Things

2006, Sculptural video installation with flat-screen display.

Special Things presents images of a utopian childhood complete with cavorting lambs and chiffon rainbows. These are rendered in fragments across sixteen small hanging sculptures. Each consists of a miniature scene, a small video camera, and a mirrored word emblazoned across the front of the sculpture. On a nearby screen, images of the sixteen scenes and their related captions are rapidly inter-cut by video sequencing software in an ever-changing pattern created by a computer algorithm. As the sequence of the words changes, the piece creates new sentences and shifts meaning between text and image: "The children feel special today" can become "Special children feel today".

Scary Things 2

2006, Sculptural video installation with flat-screen display.

Scary Things is made of images of the simple elements of nature that can be frightening to children. This sculpture (like Special Things) uses the technique of tiny cameras, sculptural miniatures, and acrylic text in one integrated platform. Although the sculpture contains only ten words, hundreds of sentences are created by a software-based video sequencer, forming a poetry of fear which sets image against text: "Dogs are fighting scary things" or "Lost birds are scary".