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About the artist: French visual artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s practice is influenced by a variety of media, ranging from film and literature to philosophy and critical theory – and her work is equally multidisciplinary. Gonzalez-Foerster creates videos, installations, and regularly does collaborations like boutique displays for major fashion houses (not to mention a sci-fi novel in the works), and engages in Gonzalez-Foerster’s art with both the public and with private spaces. Architecture is also a key aspect of her practice and was the subject of her work at the 2006 São Paulo Biennale, where she presented a site-specific film and installation depicting the pillars of Oscar Niemeyer’s Grand Marquise structure in (1951–54) Parque Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The artist received the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2002 and her work has been recognized by major international institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; and M+ Museum, Hong Kong, among numerous others.
What you need to know: Until December 23, 2022, Esther Schipper is presenting Gonzalez-Foerster’s tenth solo exhibition with the gallery in Berlin with the exhibition “Panoramism and the Abstract Sector”. The exhibition features one of the artist’s constructed environments, consisting of a 30-meter-long, 180-degree panoramic image over a custom-printed rug, dotted with printed cushions designed to look like books. The artist interprets the panorama as a timeless medium that began as a precursor to cinema in the 19th century and extends to the present day as a contemporary form of photography. References to the development of 20th-century visual culture can be found throughout the installation, from actress and filmmaker Musidora to painter Helen Frankenthaler. Gonzalez-Foerster’s first panoramic work was shown at the Vienna Secession in 2021, Volcanic Excursion, which emanated from Diego Rivera’s mural Dream of a Sunday afternoon in Alameda Park (1947).
Why we like it: Gonzalez-Foerster Panorama and the abstract sector (2022) is both a visual treat and an opportunity for the viewer to physically explore and engage with art. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the work, which extends from the center to the full field of vision of a person, and spend time analyzing the mass of detail and pictorial information that covers each section of the work – with the offered “Book Cushion “. as a convenient prop to encourage the viewer to linger and look longer. The wall-size image is largely chronological, beginning with early references to film before moving on to examples of mid-century movements such as color field painting and abstract expressionism, before moving on to a homage to contemporary art world figures such as Okwui Enwezor and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung becomes. Overall, the work transforms the didactic and pedagogical into something visually compelling and gorgeous.
See below in the exhibition.
“Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Panoramism and the Abstract Sector” can be seen at Esther Schipper, Berlin, until December 23, 2022.
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