REMIS, an exhibition of photography and multimedia works by Bärbel Reinhard and Marco Signorini, opens September 12 in the SACI Gallery.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 12, 6pm
ON VIEW: September 12 - October 20, 2019
The two-person exhibition REMIS is a intermingling of photographic and multimedia works by Bärbel Reinhard and Marco Signorini that puzzles our perception. In the SACI Gallery, the artists confront their works together for the first time, revisiting and adapting them to the space and to one another. The two photographers, through collaboration, animate and transform their exhibition into a multi-sensory and multimedia journey in which the two artists' works overlap, merge, and complement each other while still remaining distinguishable. Bärbel Reinhard constructs assemblages and collages using cutout images of body parts and natural elements, often choosing to create still lifes enriched with these body parts – faces, hands, and arms that, with their expressive or gestural language, animate these compositions silently, almost in a surreal manner – that are later photographed by the artist with a digital camera. For the REMIS exhibition, Bärbel also includes cutouts of Signorini's images, enriching her own language and interpreting that of the other artist. This experience allows Bärbel to further develop her research to represent a stream of consciousness, a reflection about the characteristics and limits of photography as a medium tied to space, and the idea of representation and manipulation in the construction of images by blending dimensions and scale in an analogue "cut and place" practice of concrete physicality against the immateriality of digital alteration.
In the same way, Marco Signorini inserts Bärbel’s assembled images into his GIF animations in the Anagram series, thus completing this interweaving of works by inserting another artist’s images in his pieces. Marco has always raised questions about the potential of digital technology and its ability to produce or reproduce images. It is in the Anagram series that he works on the image by rewriting its algorithm, adding words or sentences, (re) producing it with the insertion of these random components. The images are therefore free to alter and modify themselves, producing potentially infinite modalities and forms. This “backstage” process of production, composition, perception, and vision reveals the artist as a writer of new and different random images.
The artists also use various media and formats for the setup itself. The exhibition contains large format posters printed on simple blueback paper, prints framed to appear vintage with textile passe-partouts that create a third dimension, a shrine containing paintings with still life and vanitas motifs. The GIF animations are projected onto the wall, and onto other works or the three-dimensional elements on display, to create an opus unicum, a joint, unique artwork created by combining the poetics of the two artists, that re-shows and re-questions their previous works, creating the REMIS – a return to origin – and resetting the poetics of each artist’s work, born out of collaboration with the other.
Text by Špela Zidar - SACI Gallery Coordinator