Opening on October 28 at the WhitneyDreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016 is an exhibition that chronicles visual and sensory explorations of the cinematic space through use of technology.
This exhibition is chronologically organized into three parts. On entering the fifth floor gallery, the exhibition starts with a large video projection of Oskar Schlemmer's Das Triadische Ballett (1922 /1970). It is a 35mm film transfer of the Schlemmer's ballet with color and a music score produced by Bavaria Atelier for the Südfunk in collaboration with Inter Nations and RTB (Belgian Television). The ballet is whimsical and the vivd colors gave the production a contemporary feel. On a chess board like floor the dancers bounce about like machined puppets moving to the rhythm of an abstract sound score. The mesmerizing narrative is a love story between machine and man. To the side, visitor can enjoy the original dance of archival footage by Oskar Schelmmer produced in 1926.
Excerpt from "History in the Present Tense," an essay I wrote for the magazine, something we Africans got. All feedbacks and comments are welcome. As we are still in the editing phase. Barbara Chase-Riboud has been a prolific artist, novelist, and poet for five decades. Her well-researched narrative history novels emphasize forgotten people and events of cultural significant that change the way we understand our past. As a poet, Chase-Riboud is eloquent and spontaneous. Simultaneously, her poems like her drawings inform her artistic practice as a sculptor. Focusing on form and material, her process as a sculptor is altogether different from writing. To Chase-Riboud, writing is a kind of accumulation of information, and the narrative unravels on a linear time line, but making a sculpture is to present all the information at once.
Chase-Riboud is an American who chooses to live abroad in Europe. Born in Philadelphia in 1939, she moved to Paris in around 1961. The artist once…
Sunset has the color of nostalgia, its red orange haze has always enticed me to the most sentimental yearnings. Naturally it is easy to see why I like these works, though it mimics the sunset but its artificially produced hues and patterns also evoke a different kind of yearning than the every-day sunset.
Inspired by natural light occurrences and images of nature the artificially produced elements of the piece add a cinematic effective that overly dramatize the sense of nostalgia.What I love is the light projection through the perforated screen sculptures making beautiful patterns all over the floors and the walls. These patterns also remind me of movie scenes from Casablanca (1942) and others in which the interior shots of somewhere faraway and exotic drives the mood of romance and longing. Here you can see the set-up of the lighting that consists of a pair of cinematic lights behind a screen.
Sue de Beer is one of my favorite artists, through manipulations of light and colors her …