The concept of time is apt in the current trend of ‘mindfulness’. We are encouraged to be in the present – neither to fear the future, nor dwell on the past. Yet time is not a recent concept for the philosopher or the artist. In a moment in time four artists, Christina Forrer, David Horvitz, Talisa Lallai and Alexandra Navratil, are brought together for BolteLang’s closing exhibition of 2016.
Gracing the walls in the first room of the gallery are Talisa Lallai’s Young Romans (2015). This large-scale photographic series features Italian statues. The human figure is central and the cool toning of the images create an aged and worn feel. Taken from her archive of ‘once discarded’ photographs, the images recall the fleeting glimpse of the tourist or passerby.
In dialogue with Lallai’s later found works, Loveliness extreme (2016), in the gallery’s office (four inkjet prints with images reproduced from a 70’s floral magazine) three vases on the windowsill hold cut roses. Titled three standard breaths, or the shapes of hours, (2014) each vase has been created with the quantity of sand in an hourglass. Collectively they represent three hours and David Horvitz thus explores the transfer of time into another form.
Entering the second room one encounters Horvitz’s work, The Distance of a Day (2013). Postcard-sized images of a sunset and sunrise are positioned side by side. They are stills from two videos recorded simultaneously: one in the location of the sunrise, the other at its exact sunset. Instead of the distance physically travelled in a day the work charts that of the sun.
In the same room, Christina Forrer’s woven tapestry 2 (2016) made of wool, cotton, silk, water colour and ink depicts two figures. Investigating the interplay of power and freedom, Forrer isolates a single interaction between the figures. Their positioning and gaze inviting the audience to question their relationship.
Dominating the final room are Alexandra Navratil’s textiles. Three enlarged filmstrips printed on coloured cotton – one red, one yellow and one pink – are strung from the ceiling, the fabric, 750 cm in total, spilling onto the floor. Each piece in All that Slides, Strikes, Rises and Falls (2015) shows a repeated image featuring smoke or cloud. Be it an industrial cloud or blast from an atomic bomb Navratil captures past ideas about the future. Horvitz’s ongoing work, I will think about you for one minute (jar) is also in play, in which visitors can pay for Horvitz’s thoughts – one Euro for one minute.
In a moment in time all the works simply halt a moment, asking us to re-analyse and uncover new layers of meaning with a present perspective.