Manya Ginori presents a selection of systematically produced paintings that further explore the permutations and manipulations possible when working within a given set of parameters. In this heavily process-oriented approach to art making, a single element - the 5 x 5 cm square - is repeated 84 times with minor modulations, and composed into a grid 4 high and 21 across. While some claim a solid block of visual space around themselves, others prompt the eye to complete the intervals and gaps in the work's clear glass substrate; the white of the gallery walls is drawn in to become an integral part of the work. In this slippage between painting and sculpture, space is as much of a raw material as paint.
Image above: Manya Ginori
PROJECT ROOM Operation Swanlake Suzanne Treister
In 1995 Suzanne Treister started work on Time Travelling with Rosalind Brodsky. This vast work uses web sites, interactive cd roms, photography, video, drawings, paintings and constructions, to chart the life and adventures of the eponymous heroine as she travels through time and history, through fact and delusion: trying to rescue her grandparents from the camps of the Second World War, making a laboratory in Mad King Ludwig's castle, and visiting the swinging sixties. She receives analysis from Freud, Jung and Kristeva and traces the family tree of the creators of the Golem. This narrative of actuality and hallucination has been described by Art in America as "One of the most sustained fantasy trips of contemporary art" (Oct 2002).
Operation Swanlake documents in detail the actions of the 'Institute of Militronics and Advanced Time Interventionality" and Rosalind Brodsky as they research the construction of a range of sonic weapons. They dig deep into opera, ornithology, battleship design, alchemy, black holes and retirement homes in Florida in this quest. Elements drawn from these diverse sources are combined to produce and design a new generation of hardware. The project not only brings to light hitherto unsuspected links between Wagner and Battle Class Soviet destroyers, it illuminates the military imperatives of our culture. Its energetic cross-linking and the promiscuous making of narratives highlight the artist's fascination with the way that we make sense of history and politics. The striking conjunctions of cause and effect and the tracing and execution of strange agendas in the work means that we are continually confronted by the way that very similar operations have shaped and continue to shape the world around us.
Suzanne Treister was born in London and is currently based in Berlin and London. She has exhibited widely. Recent exhibitions include: Operation Swanlake, Annely Juda Fine Art, London; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; "PLANET B Das B-Movie in der zeitgenössichen Kunst", Magazin4 Vorarlberger Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria.
"Metis:Time/Beam me up", ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia;
"(The World May Be) Fantastic", 2002 Biennale of Sydney; "Fly Utopia!"; "Don't Call it Performance", Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Madrid; "FILE Festival internacional de linguagem eletrônica", Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil;
"Contact Zones" Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, USA; 7th International
Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland.
The publication/cd rom, "No Other Symptoms - Time Travelling with Rosalind Brodsky", published by Black Dog Publishing Ltd, ISBN: 190103366X, was launched in 1999 at the Freud Museum, London.