El FRAME ALTERADO - Geso & Pawel Anaszkiewicz
25 February - 23 March
THE ALTERED FRAME
On the nostalgic sensuality of artificial paradise
by Lidia Gil
"All opacity of matter, all delay or duration of sensation has been reduced to a pure speed phenomenon. It is unquestionable that our accelerated time is part of the course of this phenomenon towards the fulfilment of its absolute essence: space-light. Appearance turned into trans-parency : that is, a translucid screen: a vector or light trajectory bringing information on a represented world, not a sensed one."
Alberto Ruíz de Samaniego. "V/W o la guerra de Virilio"
The altered frame is a beautiful and a succulent dialogue in which each art work speaks sincerely from its watchtower, exposing its own truth. There is a more than friendly coexistence where different parallel realities meet up around the image in the leading role. The traditional image is the first one to appear, phenomenological and direct, the kind of image that comes out of matter perceived in synesthesia by our senses at complete. It is part of Pawel’s video installations, specifically some natural flowers and a plastic chair. The second level is made up by two basic “speculations”, the shadow cast by the chair standing between the beam of light and the floor, and the perfect image of the flowers reflected by the mirror on which they are placed. Third scopic level: the interface appears, the capture and taming of the image, the collection of a piece of reality and its projection through the screen or on the space itself. And last the synthetic image, digitally designed and composed, with no reference to matter, a fantasy in light made by numbers, the future.
The works of Pawel and Geso, different generations and projects within the same complex and vast genre, video art, offers a delicious aesthetical experience.
Pawel Anaszkievicz’s (1950, Gdynia, Poland) works move around a classical and elegant concept of beauty, and they use composition and chance to provoke that kind of delicious, slight puzzlement you find in the alert reading of his videos and installations, a turn in logic that we like to find as well in real life and that artists are almost obliged to. In EASO, though the artist is the one who finds and collects the theme, the wind is the unconscious artist that provokes a hypnotic dance shaking those wrapped beach parasols, vain ladies in crinolines carrying out a random choreography to the murmur of the waves.
Murmur is the silent treasure held by Silla blanca (White chair), a video installation in which the image of a rivers creek is extended from the wall until it reaches the feet of the spectator, who finds in that chair a place to meditate next to the constant water flow. Flores arrodilladas (Kneeled flowers) is the promise of a perfume, the narcissistic double game of a group of lilies who are repeated in a mirror and leaning out over the cold waters of the screen to witness their own destruction as well as their resurrection.
The videocreations of Geso (Madrid, 1977), pseudonym adapted by P.I.A in 2004, dispense sensible reality and they are pure digital design, formal abstraction programmed in two dimensions. Beziehungsohr (an invented German term that combines ear and relation), represents the delirium of possible transformations of shape in the illusory space of the screen, in perfect harmony with the duo Klangstabils powerful electronic and experimental beat. Visual illusion in space, a Rubik's cube in the primary colours of light, red, green and blue, that starts to change, disintegrating, combining and multiplying itself in order to finally merge into pure light, all colours mixed. A visual and sound experience, psychedelic and progressive, that for the author is representing all possible ways of communication: "the end of video represents that virtual and spiritual community where every being is part of everything, of a community". Bye Bye TV is a homage to the analogic TV turn off, a videographic fantasy around the familiar test pattern, that in a romantic and definite sunset will make way to the digital. A revolution in which the "analogic" is making way to the "logic", to the "discrete" information. Bye Bye TV is reminding us that we are witnessing a change of era or of paradigm in which art, and specifically video art is taking the role of a hinge, it is becoming an amazing laboratory, a magical top hat where everything is still possible, always through catharsis, on the other side of the mirror.