Friday, January 19, 2007

"Kit Bashing" Exhibition at Western Bridge - Christian Marclay and Others : Jan 16 - May 5


Link to Western Bridge Gallery site

Post holidays-season and the arts are happening again in this city. Group show at the Western Bridge Gallery of visual arts, video, installation and soundwork titled "Kit Bashing" - involving these notable names:

Christian Marclay
Gretchen Bennett
Steve Brekelmans
Carsten Holler
Ryan Gander
Steve Roden
Paul Morrison
Ben Rubin

The Marclay is the same audio/video installation piece that showed at SF MOMA a couple years back and was briefly at SAM last year. Certainly worth witnessing again, even if you've already had the privilege. Holler's work tends to be synthetic installation/sculptures and Steve Roden has amassed a large body of excellent sound-art and installation/visual art works in the past decade. Looks to be a diverse group of artists who's work is all of a consistently engaging depth and quality.

From the Western Bridge Gallery:

"Christian Marcay, Video Quartet, 2002. Four channel video installation with sound, 14 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery.
Western Bridge begins 2007 with Kit Bashing, a group show on appropriation and archives, and Christian Marclay's Video Quartet, 2002. These exhibitions conclude a series of three collection hangings built around Paul Morrison's commissioned wall painting mesophyte.

Marclay's synchronized four-channel video installation is one of the treasures of the William and Ruth True Collection. The southernmost gallery at Western Bridge, was designed to accomodate the spatial requirements of Video Quartet, whose forty linear feet present an inventive and rich audiovisual collage of quick cuts drawn from the broad history of sound cinema. Working with film clips as a DJ does with sound samples, Marclay finds music in cacophony.

Kit Bashing looks at Paul Morrison's mesophyte as the product of a specific kind of use artists make of archives. Kit Bashing casts the artist not as archivist, but as a disruptive force within the categorical order of the archive. The title is derived from Steven Brekelmans' Drums (Kit Bashing), 2006, named after the practice of repurposing existing scale model kit parts to create novel designs."