New video work for a gallery setting. This is the third collaboration between Gabriel Klasmer and, photographer artists and photographer, father and daughter.
Both Gabriel Klasmer and Shira Klasmer have interests in the human hand, the human eye and all the systems of mediation that generate perception. The two bring these interests and their separate mediums into one as video work.
‘Painting’ as material, photography as light, Gabriel and Shira have collaborated to create sequences of imaginary paintings and frozen photographic images, sweeps of light and form.
The 'painting' is performed by the artist holding a ‘brush’ made up of a line of LED lights. The act (of painting) is photographed by two still digital cameras creating a single still frame of long exposure, capturing the traces of the action on to the camera's sensor. A sequence of frames is edited to a video format, where each frame is the recording of one act of 'painting'. Transforming the still frames into a video format was done by exposing; scanning each frame from left to right, similar to the direction the images where made.
When working on these sequences in the darkness of the car park, ‘painting' is transformed to a work of performance. With no physical material engagement and resistance, 'painting' becomes a work of memory and repetition - the reconstruction of a mental imprint, counting steps, rhythmical gestures, movement - a task in the memorisation of the act which was never seen.
Shira and Gabi have collaborated with sound artists Tom Tlalim to create the intricate soundtrack. Based on stretched sounds, repetition and rhythmical beats references the act of making the piece, and the notion of a machine at work with its repetitive movements.
Sound composed by: Tom Tlalim tomtlalim.com
Editor: Haim Litani
Video installation exhibited at:
2014 Lumen Prize, online
2014 The Open West exhibition, Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham, UK
2014 Efes/1 exhibition, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel-aviv museum, israel
2012 Gallery Givon in Tel-Aviv, Israel
Gabriel Klasmer and Shira Klasmer have been working collaboratively in the past four years. Father and daughter, artist and photographer, the two have been interlacing the specificity of their individual mediums to create video art works.
Gabriel KLASMER is an Israeli artist living in London. He has exhibited in numerous galleries internationally and has been awarded several art prizes, among them the prestigious Israeli Museum’s Sandberg Prize (1990). His work is included in major museum collections in Israel, and in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, alongside many private collections. In 1996 Klasmer represented Israel in the 23rd International Biennial of São Paulo. Klasmer came to London to study as the recipient of a Clore Scholarship. He completed an MA and PhD at the Royal College of Art.
Shira KLASMER is a London based artist interlinking the mediums of photography, moving-image and performance. Shira has exhibited internationally, her works are also in private collections and has been published in numerous magazines. Born in Israel 1981 she has been resident in London since 1990 and has graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and Chelsea College of Art & Design. Predominantly focused on motion and narrative within the still image, Shira is currently working on a new series of sculptural works in the form of 3D video and photographs.
Tom TLALIM is an interdisciplinary artist educated in composition, sonology, and philosophy. His work was exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and publications worldwide and won numerous grants and awards. He currently works on a PhD on sonic-territoriality and political conflict with a full grant from the Dutch fund for Visual Art, Design, and Architecture.