Ferdinand Kriwet “Mediawake”

Luhring Augustine Gallery

poster for Ferdinand Kriwet “Mediawake”
[Image: Ferdinand Kriwet "Campaign-Tableau" (1972/2007) 21-parts, framed black and white photographs on paperboard Installation: 71 7/16 x 154 7/8 in. Courtesy of the artist and BQ, Berlin.]
Bookmark this event [2]
Recommend this event [0]

 

Ends in 15 days

Luhring Augustine presents MEDIAWAKE, an exhibition of works by German artist Ferdinand KRIWET.

At its core, KRIWET’s work embraces principles of Concrete Poetry, in which visual strategies such as typographical composition and repetition of text are employed to create meaning in a poem. Expanding on these concepts he took a uniquely political and avant-garde approach to art making. Though not formally trained as a writer or artist, he infused his work with a varied body of influences, such as Constructivism, Beat Poetry, Pop Art, as well as the writings of Walter Benjamin. KRIWET was far ahead of his time in many respects, particularly in his appropriation of mass media to analyze the languages and cultural influences of television, advertising, and commercial photography.

KRIWET regarded his film works as autonomously moving poems which he called Texte-Filme. These sound and picture collages are characterized by dynamic fast cuts and an affinity for optical patterns and graphic surfaces. In 1969, KRIWET traveled to New York with the intention of collating the media broadcasts and printed matter reporting on the Apollo 11 launch. Renting a room at the Chelsea Hotel, he set up numerous television sets and filmed them with a 16mm camera; he also collected sound bites from radio broadcasts, recording the event from take-off to landing. Using the cut-up method, he assembled these articles of mass media into audio, book, and film works. The resulting film, Apollovision was shown nationwide on German television later that year.

Broadcast media played a critical and powerful role in American politics, as demonstrated by the televised debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon which were pivotal in determining the election’s outcome. The film Campaign (1972-73) examines the media’s reaction to the presidential race between George McGovern and Richard Nixon, looking not just at the events themselves, but rather the way in which they were reported. KRIWET’s work brilliantly records the visual strength of images and graphics, recognizing the emergence of the ‘sound bite’ and ‘talking head’ phenomena.

The discourse of public address is a theme KRIWET continuously explored. His Text Signs (1968) made from stamped aluminum are formatted with the character of commercial signage, the text, arranged in the round, asserts idea that the phrase has no beginning or end. Pieces such as Text Dia (1970), also a composition of text in concentric circles, are printed on clear PVC. Suspended in space, the works juxtapose words visually within their environment.

KRIWET was born in Düsseldorf in 1942. Since publishing his first book at the age of 19 he has produced a body of work across a wide range of media including books, paintings collages, performance, installation, audio works for radio broadcast, films, and sculptural reliefs. Further to his art projects he has created information delivery systems for municipal and commercial buildings. Recent exhibitions of the artist’s work include solo shows at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Fri Art Kunsthalle Fribourg, Switzerland (2013); KRIWET: Yester ’n’ Today, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2011); Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria (2011); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2008); and BQ, Berlin (2013 and 2010).

Media

Schedule

from June 29, 2017 to August 11, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-06-29 from 18:00 to 20:00

Website

http://www.luhringaugustine.com (venue's website)

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays

Access

Address: 531 W 24th St., New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-206-9100 Fax: 212-206-9055

Between 10th and 11th Avenue. Subway: C/E to 23rd Street

Google map

When you visit, why not mention you found this venue on New York Art Beat?

  • Facebook

    Reviews

    All content on this site is © their respective owner(s).
    New York Art Beat (2008) - About - Contact - Privacy - Terms of Use