Vitrinen in Arbeit
Dates: Sept 13 - Oct 25, 2006
Opening: Tuesday, Sept 12th 2006 at 7 pm
Los Angeles-based artist Kaucyila Brooke presents a compilation from the photographic series "Vitrinen in Arbeit" which she made in Vienna between 2001 and 2004.
Over a lengthy period, Brooke visited the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, and observed the processes of rearrangements and reforms of the exhibition architecture that were a result of modernization.
"The artist's view oscillates between focusing on the exhibits and the make-up of the late-nineteenth-century museum architecture. The perspectives neither submit completely to one nor the other, and Brooke's view of things is always an angled view that veers slightly away from the intended direction, once and again focusing on various details." (Martin Prinzhorn, Camera Austria)
In her work, Kaucyila Brooke repeatedly deals with forms of disappearance, with loss followed by void, and with change as a consequence thereof (see: Kathy Acker's Clothes, The Boy Mechanic). In the instances of recollection, of grasping a past condition, the details of the past gain the impression of a rhetorical presence, while the novel already seems to be inscribing itself in the occuring gaps. Within this fluctuation of chronologies, Brooke triggers the shutter. However, this isn't a narration, but a pause within those processes that form history, but are usually hidden from public notice.
In this sense, " Vitrinen in Arbeit" is an exhibition about exhibiting, a discourse on the didactic representation of nature, of the "natural", of its construction, and thus of emerging standards and limits.
Kaucyila Brooke teaches at CalArts in Los Angeles and has recently had exhibitions at Museum Ludwig in Cologne (Das Achte Feld, 2006), at the Neue Aachener Kunstverein (2005) as well as at Springhornhof (2005), at the Berlin Biennale (2004), Plattform (Berlin, 2004), and Michael Dawson Gallery in L.A. (2001, 2005).