Contemporary Art enthusiasts are sure to get excited about this exhibit in NYC, Screen Series by Gregory Kalliche.
There is something both frenetic and fragile about Gregory Kalliche’s exhibition, Screen Series, now showing at the New Museum in New York City. This exhibit in NYC considers the interplay between man-made and natural worlds in a series of three videos with computer-generated imagery.
In Kalliche’s exhibit in NYC, The Greatest Arrogance, we see hands building then toppling blocks; shoots of plants growing and butterflies flitting jump cut to the stark fluorescent lights and whirring hum of a bug zapper among bugs and overgrown vegetation. The tones of the video’s music constantly rev high and low, up and down in a background composition for dancing jellied fruit.
In the exhibit in NYC, Last Chance, there is a montage of flowers blooming, fish swimming, waterfalls falling, all the makings of nature’s bounty until we are told and read onscreen that this is the “last chance to evacuate planet earth.” Before the viewer can process the disparity between the images and message, a sequence of balloons flying, women dancing, paint splattering, a lizard burrowing and a still cocktail drink splash across the screen.
The video, Find Something to Relate To first delivers images of body parts and their movements. A narrator’s voice matter-of-factly names them. Then we are told that “at night, the shrubs take on vivid profiles in this exhibit in NYC. At night, plants sleep standing up. If their posture strikes the right contour, the plants may receive some special attention, maybe even piss the dogs off.” We see lush greenery, drums, falling lumber, lights switch on and off. There are flowers, a cactus. Kalliche’s selected words and imagery offer a barrage of ironies and humor, shaded slightly dark.
Juxtaposition reigns supreme in this exhibit in NYC, Screen Series. The hard contours of the man-made world are interwoven with abundant nature. The cadence of the background score pushes forward and pulls back in unison and then in contrast to what we see. Words are in one moment descriptive and in the next, in opposition to what is onscreen. Yet no elements seem arbitrary or feel wasted. Kalliche’s video world is as visceral as it is visual in this exhibit in NYC. The effect is meant to be comfortably unsettling, the balance is intentionally vulnerable. The viewer is shown that at any moment, what we see and expect in front of us is ready to come undone.
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9.24.17 Art Culture
Written by Jennifer Sauer
Jennifer Sauer is a writer who holds an M.A. in Literary Arts from New York University. Her background includes writing and communications for diverse fields including the arts, charitable foundations and the financial sector. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.