Jill Baroff | TIME__LINES
Opening: 25.11.2006, 6-10 pm
Exhibition dates: 25.11.2006 – 13.01.2007
We are pleased to present new work by Jill Baroff in the exhibition TIME__LINES.
The passing of time within the phenomena of nature is the main subject of the work of the American artist Jill Baroff. The exhibition TIME__LINES shows the artists examination with this subject matter on and with paper.
The heart of the exhibition TIME__LINES is the complex "New York Harbor" which consists of 31 small format paper sheets (40,6 x 40,6 cm). During the time from the 31st of March until the 30th of April 2005 the artist portrayed the tides in a very unique way. Open databases from the Internet served as the main sources for the artist's research. The changes in the water level during the day are documented on every single sheet of paper. Fine red ink lines on Japanese gampi paper indicate the water levels in accurate detail.
The changes during one day are represented both in horizontal and vertical lines. This structure turns every sheet into a grid that reflects the passing of a phenomenon of nature within a certain time scale. Little dots of ink left by her pen on fragile paper add to the distinctiveness of her recording methods.
But Baroffs "Tide Drawings" do not only exist in these grid-patterned drawings. By using a pair of compasses the artist created pieces of work in which the changes in the water levels are embodied by small concentric circles. The smallest circle in the centre stands for the water level at 12 a.m. Every 6 minutes Baroff added another circle, in red, blue or black ink.
The work "Alluvial Valley" is constructed by using the format of an Asian picture scroll. It represents the Mississippi in all its changes within a time span of several centuries. Baroff layers different shades of cartographic drawings of the river's watercourse over one another – in a very concentrated way.
The piece "Bus Maps" is dedicated to the urban space. By using a scalpel Baroff sectioned the fine red lines that represent the bus services out of a London bus map. She created a fine web, the fragility of which was stressed furthermore by simply being pinned onto the gallery wall. The gallery visitor is confronted with a spiderŐs web of bus routes – unable to leave the given course.
A catalogue will be available.
The Shape of Time, Jill Beroff / Stefana McClure
Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim
Text Markus Weckesser
Modo Verlag 2006
48 Seiten / 15,00 EUR incl. 7% Tax