A Sculpture Turning into a Conversation and other works
Date: 5 February - 5 March 2011
Location: Picture This Studio, Bristol, UK
Synopsis:Picture This presents a selection of video- based works by Falke Pisano.
Falke Pisano's work results from a fascination and enquiry into modernist sculpture and language structures. In videos, installations and lecture performances, she attempts to bring out the "essence" of her subject matter - using the means of language and text constructions. Pisano displays a strong concern with the relationship between concrete objects and text - in particular the relationship between abstract concrete objects and an analysis of their place in the world. Using language as a means to re-think the potential of abstraction, sculpture and artistic practice she activates abstract sculpture as a thought-generating principle and employs the idea of the unstable transforming and disintegrating object as a way to address issues around object-qualities, form, construction and engagement.
In projects such as A sculpture turning into a conversation (2005/2006), she seeks to compose a text that produces meaning on a narrative level but also brings to the surface the darker existential truths of objects and existences that mark a different state of the objects. The work exists both as live lecture and as a double projection with voice-over and sculpture. In the video work presented here, a voice-over reads a text in which a sculpture transforms into a conversation. The left projection shows a ‘camera' going over a collection of images, diagrams and notes and the right projection a series of photographs.
The two-channel video Chillida (Forms & Feelings) (2006) records the artist's emotional response to a series of pictures by the photographer David Finn, of pieces of the Basque sculptor Chillida. Leafing through the photo book, the artist searches for a relationship between the characteristics of the objects, Chillida's daughter and her own dealing with existential issues. We can experience the process of perception itself through this work with the commentary changing one's own way of viewing. She does not appear in the video but instead adheres to the role of the invisible narrator. However, she permanently transposes her intellectual game to a visual level by means of targeted montage. Falke Pisano thus enters the exciting space between viewer and artist, production and reception.
Falke Pisano (NL) lives and works in Berlin. In 2009 she was part of Making Worlds, curated by Daniel Birmbaum at 53rd Venice Biennale. Recent projects include (Conditions of agency), Extra City (Antwerp) and Public Speech, Transmission Gallery, (Glasgow). She has recently made an artists' book Figures of Speech, with Christoph Keller Editions, published by JRP Ringier (ISBN: 978-3-03764-110-1).
Thanks to Extra City_Kunsthal Antwerpen.
Writer and curator Gil Leung will introduce and discuss the works in the exhibition.