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carlier | gebauer: ROSA BARBA | PRZEMEK MATECKI - 2 May 2011 to 13 June 2011

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2 May 2011 to 13 June 2011
Tuesday to Saturday,11 am - 6 pm
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Artists in this exhibition: Rosa Barba, Przemek Matecki

Rosa Barba | Western Round Table

May 2nd - June 13th, 2009
Opening May 1st 2009, 4-9 pm

Rosa Barba’s films construct utopias, possible worlds, which evolve from a craving to take action, which is produced by the voids and displacements of our everyday reality. Those displacements are what Barba’s films often start from; their characteristics lead her to filmic interweavings of realities and potentialities. In her use of film formats, celluloid and projectors, Barba is assembling an installative set up for an artistic production in which film is employed to register asynchronicities and breachings in past and present. Barba’s films follow those traces, but not to dissolve into nostalgia, but rather to destille images of an inhomogeneous reality, in which utopia is always already subsisting. In her reconstructions of reality, fictionalty turns into the lever of a politicizing gaze.

From the 1st of May 2009 carlier | gebauer will present Barba’s film installation “Western Round Table” (2007) in the project space. The installation is part of a trilogy of film works, the two others of which, „They Shine“ and „Waiting Grounds“, were both shown at the Torino Triennale and at the Kunsthalle Basel. All three share a geographical starting point, the Mojave desert in California, which is where Barba recorded the sceneries of “They Shine” and “Waiting Grounds”. Both films show images of abanonned or only mechanically inhabited places, which are crossfaded with audio material, adding a suggestive second layer to the filmed material. “Western Round Table” relates to those places in memorizing a conversation on the situation of modern art, which the California School of Fine Arts had initiated there in 1949, and in which, amongst others, Marcel Duchamp and Frank Lloyd Wright took part. There are group photos of this meeting but its exact location remains unknown. Rosa Barba imagined to have found it and translated this anticipation into a montage of situated memories. “Western Round Table” is the most abstract and yet the most sculptural of the three works. In a darkened space two 16mm projectors are directed towards one another projecting each other’s shadows on the walls. Mechanically rattling they seem like monuments of an industrial past. Their shadows are tracing the mechanical movements, while the sound of their motors is complemented with another element of vague memory, fragments of a soundtrack which Enrico Morricone once composed for Federico Fellini, rearranged by Rosa Barba together with Jan St. Werner.

Barba’s “Western Round Table” presents a sculpture of fragmentary knowledge, which is constantly rearranged but never completed. Named after a conversation, which, just after the break down of modernist utopianism searched for the future of modern art, the work itself is a conversation between different layers of time. Like the abandoned military architecture in „Waiting Ground“ and the seemingly endless lines of reflectors in „Waiting Grounds“, „Western Round Table“ evokes the idea of a displaced monument of modernism after its end. This monumental character, the asynchonicity, which Barba forges with her use of the filmic devices, is guiding the gaze onto the always brittle images and machines, which stand in for a reconstructed praxis, also approximated in the second work shown at carlier | gebauer. The large format silscreen print „Time Machine“ (2007) meticulously phrases the script of a feature length movie that was never filmed. Rosa Barba wrote its script in reference to H.G. Wells novel „Time Machine“ (1895). The scenes, the dialogues and narrations are displayed in endless rows of black letters on whitened canvas. The silkscreen print here replaces the projection of images, the work itself becomes a ‚still’. In Barba’s works traces of the past are breaking into the present, demonstrating its permeability. The „Time Machine“ seems to be Barba’s continuous mode of artistic production, in which she follows up modernities in themes, places and machines, opening up the utopian perspective of another reality.

This year, works of Rosa Barba will be shown at the Venice Biennale as well as at the Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm. At the End of 2009 the exhibition „Italics“ curated by Francesco Bonami for the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, will tour to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and in May Barba will be showing in a show curated by Cecilia Alemani for Gió Marconi in Milan. In Autumn 2009 works of Barba will be presented in a large group show at carlier | gebauer and in Spring 2010 a solo exhibition will follow.

Przemyslaw Matecki
29.10. – 20.12.2008
Vernissage: 28.10. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

On Tuesday 28.10.2008 carlier | gebauer will be launching Polish painter Przemyslaw Matecki’s first solo show. His paintings, composed of magazines, found photographs, documents and oil paint will be exhibited here for the first time in Berlin. Whilst in the past Matecki worked primarily in the format of the magazines whose pages he painted over, he now also produces collaged paintings on canvas. In these pieces he arranges found photographs and materials around which he shapes his painting.

In his smaller works he takes pages from glossy magazines as his base, opening up views of icons of popular culture set between thick abstract layers painted over the underlying images. In contrast, this relationship is turned on its head in his larger canvases. In these works he affixes found photographs, notes and documents of unidentified individuals to the canvases and begins to intensify his painting more and more around these elements, until it finds its own particular direction, with the resulting colour gradients endowing a new cohesion on the photos and the materials. The connection established changes fundamentally in each piece, reflecting the way in which the source material varies. Matecki reproduces the moment of confrontation in which painting encounters the found image. Global pop icons, ranging from Superman to Robert Smith, isolated from the context of their fans’ devotion, demand a different colour palette than the so much more regionally determined aesthetic of porn magazines or the alienating intimacy of found black-and-white photo albums. The way in which Matecki works with these varying formats is not guided by the notion of sorting and classifying, but instead by the direct painterly emotion of the photographic image. Matecki’s painting is real.

With the paint applied in a myriad of layers, Matecki’s painting never seems formal, and never comes to rest. It produces its reality from photographic clues. It is not so much searching for a definitive form but instead might be said to be seeking a direction where the painting will converge with the documents applied to its surface. It creates a record of the process of the work done on the images, an urgency and presence that spring into being as a result of the conjunction of found documents and painting. When conjuring up these images, Matecki does not hunt out the photos he works on: he stumbles upon them, in Warsaw’s streets, in flats, by chance. This method allows him to create a visual universe in which all the elements appear to enjoy equal status. People are incorporated into his abstract paintings, sometimes as emblems of mass culture, such as in his earlier works, sometimes in photos from family albums, as is the case in this exhibition. With this sense of an assemblage of clues, into which pop icons and anonymous individuals are slotted, Matecki’s works set up a penetrating, almost violent, tension-imbued relationship between found documents and their painterly integration into the canvas.

Parallel to the Frieze Art Fair his works were shown in the Hollybush Garden Gallery and were also exhibited recently in London’s Zabludowicz Collection.

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