310510: Galerie Martin Janda Raum aktueller Kunst curated by _ Martin Arnold: Blinking

Galerie Martin Janda Raum aktueller Kunst curated by _ Martin Arnold: Blinking 06.05.10 – 05.06.10 Hectic blinking Martin Arnold came up with a very special topic for his contribution to the project “curated by”, in which 20 Viennese galleries invited artists to curate an exhibition: all of the works centre on the phenomenon of blinking. Arnold wonders if “the story of envisaging can be told without the story of overlooking.” In any case, it is invigorating that Runa Islam’s early work (Rapid Eye Movement, 2002) is shown in this context. Islam’s video shows people who have fallen asleep in a train compartment and conceptualizes mysterious scenes. Islam repeatedly focuses on the twitching lids of their closed eyes – after the REM phase has set in, the dreamlike sequences are interrupted by nervousness and hectic. Arnold’s own work “Shadow Cuts” is similarly overwrought and nearly aggressive. He modified the final scenes of a cartoon showing Mickey Mouse and Pluto blinking hectically; the figures seem oddly attracted to one another, they eyes are wide open. What was once a Happy End has turned into a crazy relationship-drama. Owen Land’s found-footage film (1965-66) is much calmer, but also including scenes on blinking with a negative connotation. Women, forced to stare into the camera, blinked instinctively during the tedious process of colour-coordination at film-shootings. The three positions presented at this exhibition do not suffice to answer Arnold’s question on “overlooking”. A wider spectrum of works on this topic would have been desirable and maybe it is an inspiration for a larger exhibition in the future. By Nora Schedlmayer Galerie Martin Janda Raum aktueller Kunst 1010 Vienna, Eschenbachgasse 11 Tel: +43 1 585 73 71 Fax: + 43 1 585 73 72 email: office@raumaktuellerkunst.at http://www.martinjanda.at Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Galerie Martin Janda
1010 Wien, Eschenbachgasse 11
Tel: +43 1 585 73 71, Fax: +43 1 585 73 72
Email: galerie@martinjanda.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr: 11-18h
Sa: 11-16h

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