JJ Kawano, Group Mel-Air
18. 10. 2006 - 11. 11. 2006
born, London based Loukia Alavanou works with video to
explore themes of the familiar, the uncanny and the personal using found
material and footage from different sources, starting from Hollywood films,
Disney cartoons to last century black and white photographs. In "Burial
of a Priest in an Unknown Village" (2006) Alavanou uses a photograph
from the 1920's portraying civilians from an unidentified village who
are gathered for the funeral of a priest and posing behind his exposed
corpse. Loukia Alavanou de- recomposes the image: she cuts out religious
icons, crosses and all kinds of ecclesiastic props, heads and body parts
and merges them thus turning the still into an animation that resembles
an uncanny moving organism: at first a Roman cross, it turns into a clock.
The artist slowly removes layer after layer, emphasizing the selected
symbols and therefore reflecting the camera's intrusion into this seemingly
sacred moment. The gazes, the gestures, the props and the corpse, all
seem to collude.
JJ Kawano's work illustrates esoteric situations with
phrases, text and images where melancholy and nostalgia are mixed with
sarcasm to create abstract environments where everything is possible and
language is usually subjective. Kawano works as a professional filmmaker
in the film industry. In his short videos he is using recognizable popular
music to seduce the viewer in an elegy of drumfire everyday life preferences.
"My river" (2006), a single-channel projected video, features
text along with music part of the famous classic Moonriver creating unusual
and unexpected associations.
Group Mel-Air, a collective of four artists that work in china will present a projection within a sculpture or as they prefer to name this work a projected sculpture. “Group Reflections” (2006) is a new large-scale ambiguous mirror piece combined with a single and static projection. Their work celebrates the joy to work as a group but also is acting as a bridge to promote their individuality that is being revealed during a collaborative process.
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