Event Date: July and August 2019
Courtesy of Casilda Sánchez and Aspect/Ratio Chicago
List of works, in order of appearance:
1. Casilda Sánchez,
Temptation of Falling, 2016, 19:36 min.
2. Nick Albertson,
Fire, 2011, 2:38 min.
3. Deville Cohen,
Zero, 2013-4, 22:25 min.
4. Iris Bernblum
Nightwalk, 2018, 3:35 min.
5. Iris Bernblum
I’ll Be Here, 2016, 3:00 min.
6. Deville Cohen
McGuffin, 2019, 8:31 min.
Casilda Sánchez’s video Temptation of Falling takes as its starting point the myth of Icarus, who fell from the sky while flying too close to the sun. This contemplative work depicts rainfall on a constructed landscape, into which the artist integrated cut-outs of Icarus’ figure from Old Masters paintings.
Nick Albertson’s Fire begins as an abstract piece whose meaning unravels through time. What at first appears as a composition of static white lines is revealed as tightly positioned matches. As the matches burn the clean forms are replaced with convoluted and meandering black lines.
The two videos by Iris Bernblum depict an embodied viewpoint onto a landscape, a viewing experience that is interjected by written texts that seems to be addressing the viewer, as a part of a one-sided dialogue that gives meaning to that which we see.
Zero by Deville Cohen explores the slippage between objects and things and their representation. Conventional narratives break downs from their original contexts only to be transformed into complex and nonsensical systems. The imaginative visual world of the video with its endless connections and substitutions is a form of a semantic riddle, who, as the title Zero suggests, is meaningless at its essence.
The second work by Cohen, entitled McGuffin, is a wild, chaotic piece that records an interdisciplinary performance, where a variety of props, objects and designs are being activated on stage by the three performers through a strict and scripted choreography.