Alexander Gelman "Little Black.."


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'Little Black..' is part of Gelman's ongoing investigation into perceptions of weight and spatial dimensionality. The physical dimensions of any object can be perceived differently depending on its context. By exposing the essential parts of an object, Gelman provides clues that allow us to recreate what's invisible. Often the imaginary dimensions of an object surpass its physical presence. The forthcoming installation at Nanzuka Underground explores the limitations of the gallery's physical space and the volume of the object it contains: a black cube. Defying the boundaries of the space, the cube appears to be levitating. It suggests movement as viewers pass through the gallery, while the accompanying series of prints evokes the mysterious dimensionality of the flat surface.

As Gelman comments: "I'm not looking to define or categorize this work as sculpture or a clash of pure forms, nor an experiment in perception or the irony as such. I withhold any verbal explanations. For me it's about beauty..."

Alexander Gelman is an accomplished media artist based in New York. His work, widely shown around the world, is included in public and private collections including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., New York's Museum of Modern Art, and the Bibliothèque National de France in Paris.

Employing various media, Gelman challenges the boundaries between art, science, politics and popular culture. His work, exemplified by simplicity and impeccable formal starkness, is rich in conceptual complexity. Its referential, philosophical nature implies various subtexts through the viewers' interpretation.

Opening reception: February 2nd (Fri) 20:00-22:00

After Party at Soft: February 2nd (Fri) 22:00-29:00 (Supported by Minimal Tokyo)
DJs: The Minimal Tokyo crew will be joined by the legendary Mayuri and Rennie Foster



From 2007-02-03 To 2007-03-04



mari_chiquitita: (2007-03-04 at 23:03)

A huge, geometrically shaped black parasite overwhelmed a small room. A little space between a tip of the parasite and a floor was somehow irresistible. I couldn't stop imagining myself laying on the floor right under the tip.

Then, I heard music from a back room. The retro jazz sound which reminded me of "Breakfast at Tiffany's", covered the entire space. Then I pictured myself enjoying at a jazz party. It made nice background music but at the same time, was quite destructing...

Gelman's portfolio of the installation piece was beautifully done. I couldn't stop thinking of James Turrell's portfolio I saw at the Milwaukee museum few years ago. (though its aspect of concavity and convexity was completely reversed...) **James Turrell is famous for super-minimalistic light installation.

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