A Possibility of an Abstraction

Germaine Kruip

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Possibility of an Abstraction is an EMPAC-commissioned production that transforms the theatrical space into a field of cinematic experience. It is a play of perception, where shadow, reflection, architecture, and stage become the characters in a filmic experience created in the moment itself. Recalling pre-cinematic traditions of shadow play, and what Ken Jacobs termed paracinema (denoting experimental film practice from the 1960s in which films lacked material or mechanical elements), Kruip creates an atmospheric film-like effect without actually using film, accomplished by manipulating light across the proscenium stage that serves as a stand-in for the screen. Shifting between the cinematic, the theatrical, and the sculptural, A Possibility of an Abstraction creates a meditative space at the edges of our perception with optical illusions and the passage of time.

A Possibility of an Abstraction marks the artist’s renewed engagement with theatrical technology and dramaturgy. Following winning the Prix de Rome in 2000, Kruip turned away from scenography to concentrate on visual arts, producing works that brought the theatrical elements of light, temporality, and the stage into a new architectural scale at galleries and museums. Often manipulating daylight with moving geometric sculptures and simple framing devices, her artworks transform the architecture they inhabit, turning each location into a sensual but abstract stage.

Victoria Brooks

Germaine Kruip’s artworks often take the form of “architectural interventions.” Manipulating daylight with geometric, kinetic sculptures, these interventions transform each site into a stage, with the audience as actors in a play of substantive absence. Kruip’s work has recently been exhibited at Parra & Romero, Madrid, Spain; List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Boston; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Art Basel 41, Basel, Switzerland; the Approach, London; Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, Netherlands; the Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; the David Roberts Foundation, London: Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Drawing Centre, New York, and in the MARZ Gallery, Lisbon, among others. 

A Possibility of an Abstraction
December 6, 2014, 7PM

Composer: Hahn Rowe

Lighting Design: Laura Mroczkowski
Dramaturgy: Bart Van den Eynde
Technical Assistance: Johan van der Woel

A Possibility of An Abstraction is supported by Mondriaan Fund


“There must be a kind of painting totally free of the dependence on the figure—or object—which, like music, illustrates nothing, tells no story, and launches no myth. Such painting would simply evoke the incommunicable kingdoms of the spirit, where dream becomes thought, where line becomes existence.”
—Michel Seuphor from Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector

EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

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