Gabriel Lester participates in dOCUMENTA (13). The exhibition runs from June 9th through September 16th 2012, in Kassel, Germany.
For dOCUMENTA (13), Gabriel Lester produced two site-specific projects, continuing his experiments in time and space and probing possibilities of cross edits and cinematic repertoire. Located in Karlsaue Park, “Transition 2012” (2012) is an architectural sculpture in shape of a curved tunnel about 5/8 of a circle and 5/8 in diameter. The work borrows its title from a cinema term that indicates a technique of film editing by which scenes or shots are combined. “Transition 2012” is a punctuation mark and functions as a narrative instrument, as the artist comments. It materializes the fade-in and fade-out, and represents a cinematographic passage from one scene to another. Leading the viewer through a transient moment of black-out, the tunnel reveals how the angle of perception is reversed, and becomes a metaphor for day and night, life and death, or despair and hope.
Also on view is “Kaufhaus Incidentals—Music for Department Stores” (2012) a sound project at the SinnLeffers, the department store in the immediate vicinity of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum. A research on silent film score database conducted (between 2011 and 2012) led the artist to discover about twenty compositions listed at the Amsterdam Film Museum under the category of “thoughts”, which were presumably used to underscore scenes in silent films of actors’ thinking, pondering, plotting, conniving, or daydreaming. This inspired a recording of music for thoughts—16 tracks selected by Gabriel Lester and John Snijders—which are installed in and outside the SinnLeffers. During the one hundred days of dOCUEMNTA (13), the increase of sales at the department store is anticipated, and the sound intervention lends an atmospheric layer of contemplation to a site where people are stimulated to think whilst engaged in business and consumption.
“Kaufhaus Incidentals—Music for Department Stores” is performed and recorded by Ives Ensemble. It also exists in editions of compact disk. Please contact the gallery for the detail and availability of the CD.
Gabriel Lester (b. 1972 in Amsterdam) has exhibited extensively and internationally at major institutions and biennales, among many others, Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Gemeentemuseum (Den Haag), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Performa 09 (New York), Artists Space (New York), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Busan Biennial (Busan), Baltic Triennal, PS1 (New York), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), World Expo (Hannover).
Lester’s work has been placed in many prestigious collections such as Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Stedelijk Museum, Museum De Paviljoens, Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Rabobank Art Collection, 21CMuseum, etc.
Gabriel Lester lives and works in Shanghai and Amsterdam.
For details on the artist, please view the artist page. Further information, contact the gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +86-21-3461 1245.
Related event at dOCUMENTA (13)
THE THEATRICALITY OF COMMONALITY
September 6th 2012, 6 pm. Offener Kanal Café, Kassel.
Free with dOCUMENTA (13) ticket.
“The Theatricality of Commonality” is a performative talk by Gabriel Lester, Eric Duivenvoorden, and Ernst van de Hemel. The talk will highlight the notions of commonality and communality from the late 1960s Provo movement to the current Occupy movement.