Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler's latest video work 'Single Wide'. They approach the alienating and as well seemingly system-immanent interplay betweeen endless loop and raw violence.
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
We are very pleased to present Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler's latest video work "Single Wide". It was first shown on the occasion of the exhibition "On Stage" at the Kunstverein Hannover and the Villa Merkel in Esslingen.
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler approach in "Single Wide" (2002) the alienating and as well seemingly system-immanent interplay betweeen endless loop and raw violence: again and again, a woman crashes with her pick-up truck into a voluminous American trailer: the outer surface splits open, and in an act of exreme violence the street thrusts itself into the mobile home as in a futuristic painting. For their part, the artists emphasize as an essential reference point of "Single Wide" the architectural interventions of Gordon Matta Clark, which blur in a similarly vigorous and decisive manner the borders between inner and outer, public and private. "Single Wide" persists in the unfulfilled possibility-form of the recurring film loop. The eye of the camera circles round the setting - without closing its eyelids - and easily penetrates the wall of the mobile home.
The theme related to the opening of various antithetically arranged areas, of an intimate, protected interior and an exterior tending towards enmity, has already been illuminated by Hubbard / Birchler in various experimental arrangements. Again and again, as in the films "Eight" (2001) and "Detached Building" (2001) or in the photographic series "Stripping" (1998), the wall of the film set comes into the picture as a black and empty space that is based equally on contentual and formal aspects. The surreal transition from one area to the other which is conveyed by the camera conveys the entire setting into a terrifying situation that extends into bottomlessness.
(Martin Engler) Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler are currently represented in the following exhibitions:
"Adolescence", Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain
"Child in Time", Gemeente Museum, the Hague, Netherlands
"Single Wide", ArtUnlimited, Art Basel, Switzerland
"Looking In-Looking Out, Positions in Contemporary Photography", Museum of Fine Arts/Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
"New Acquisitions", Museum of Contemporary Art/Museum fÃ¼r Gegenwartskunst Basel, Switzerland
7. June - 2. August 2003
Private View on Friday June 6, from 7 - 9 pm
Galerie Barbara Thumm