In their latest group show, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery offers an intriguing, if heady, look at the large and mysterious topic of the nature of time. Works by the four artists in the exhibition (Ella Littwitz, Rachel Monosov, Benjamin Verhoeven, and Reijiro Wada) offer either reconstructions of time via real or imagined fragments, or utilize time as an agent within.
Wada’s trio of sculptures in the exhibition utilize time as a means to effect change within the work over its duration via the material’s natural properties. Freeze, for instance, relies on the desiccation of fruit that will shift in position within a sculptural enclosure to allow for an every-changing dynamism.
However, the most successful piece in the show may be Verhoeven’s 2014 video, Somebody was trying to kill somebody else, created by animating scanned video stills – reconstructing something (the original video footage) while in itself creating the illusion of temporal disorientation as the images melt into one another in a pixelated fog. In the process, the narrative implied by the video’s title dissolves to the point of imperceptibility.
This sense of distortion through time, a key to memory, carries much currency throughout Fragmented Time. Together, the works inspire a consciousness of that, despite any ongoing scientific queries into the nature of time, re-creation of the past remains a valuable, though not entirely reliable, resource.
Ella Littwitz, Rachel Monosov, Benjamin Verhoeven, Reijiro Wada
Curated By: Rachel Monosov
June 29 – August 21, 2016
250 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002