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Arfacts.Net stand hosting artworks from Alexa.Jansen.Galerie and sphn Galerie, photo by E. González

It is never easy taking in so much art all at once. One gets soaked in colours, forms, materials, different media, ideas (and, at times, even the absence of them.) After a bacchanal such as Art Forum, one has to ´digest` it all and see what one has been left with. Artfacts.Net was at the fair. What follows is what it ´digested` for you.

Disguises (from the video), 2001, Marius Mørch
courtesy Antonio Ferrara

The velvety voice of Elvis singing his much acclaimed ´Can't help falling in love.` That's the first thing one would hear entering one of the halls. It came from the stand of the Italian gallery Antonio Ferrara. And it was the sound to a video by Marius Morch. The Norwegian artist edited footage from cult films such as ´Accattone` by Pasolini (1961), ´Night of the living dead` by Romero (1968), ´The evil dead` by Raimi (1983), ´Dracula` by Browning (1931), and turned it into a video, completely functioning on its own. A woman is chased, terrified, beaten up, and finally left alone. The tension created by these dark, classically horror images masterfully clashes with the most romantic of Elvis's songs.

Citizen, 2000, Roy Arden
dvd loop for projection, courtesy Monte Clark Gallery

Again, videos.
The Canadian Monte Clark Gallery presented ´Citizen,` a video by Roy Arden. The Canadian artist usually works with the idea of city. Here, he films in slow motion a young men sitting -almost still- in the middle of a highly trafficed street. Cars speed around him, he seldom changes his posture. The sense of loss, disorientation, unsteadiness is overwhelming. The Paris-based Galerie Frank presented a video-projected work by Charles Sandison. The work of this Scottish artist is not new to art-lovers: he had already presented 'Living rooms', a computer generated artwork, at the 49th Biennale of Venice. Still, his concept has not at all lost his appeal.
Minimal is more and easily catches the eye of an ´art-battered` visitor. Still, at the Art Forum two galleries presented outstanding minimal lines.

Untitled (bar) FS 2003, John M Armleder
photo by Waldemar Kremser, courtesy Galerie Anselm Dreher

The first was the German Galerie Anselm Dreher with a furniture sculpture by John M Armleder. The Swiss artist installed a bar made of alluminium, steel, and neon light, all in classical colours (black, white and red.) As the gallery stated in the press release for the fair, ´a bar, as the idea of communication and life-style but, as well, as reflection on the famous paintings of Edward Hopper.` The second was the London-based Rocket Gallery. Lars Wolter and Cedric Christie were the exhibited artists. Lars Wolter -a German artist from Düsseldorf- presented ´Barcode wall painting`, the name says it almost all.

Untitled 2002, Cedric Christie,
courtesy Rocket Gallery

As far as the English sculptor Cedric Christie is concerned, if we had not been explained by the gallerist, we wouldn't have believed it. Just like the one character of Tom Robbins in his marvellous novel ´Skinny legs and all,` in which a welder becomes a star of the international art scene, Christie was a welder and scaffolder. He works with materials that much have to do with his previous occupation; he plays with them till reaching powerful, abstract objects.
The Italian gallery Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea exhibited works of many Italian artists. Among them, two seemed to us worth keeping in mind: Daniele Galliano and Gian Marco Montesano. It was not their first time in Berlin, as they exhibited at the Galerie Davide Di Maggio in the pretty interesting exhibition ´Bianco e Nero Italiano` (´Black and White from Italy`.)

Text: M. Cecchinato
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