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Tomas Eller

Stabilize my horizon, 2000/01

Ritornell, 2010

exhibtion period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

Art in the Car Park:

June 15 - June 25 2010

daily 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1975 in Merano / Italy, lives in Vienna

 


Tomas Eller, »Stabilize my horizon«, 2000/01

Vierkanal-Projektion / Four-channel projection · 15’ 25’’

© VBK Wien, 2010

 

Tomas Eller, »Ritornell«, 2010

Serie von 4 Grafiken, Handabzug auf Tiefdruckpresse (Offsetlitho) / series of 4 prints made by hand on a gravure printing press (offset-litho), 44,5 x 35 cm, Auflage / print run: 3 & 2EA, Exemplar / copy: 2

© VBK Wien, 2010

 
Tomas Eller likes to roll out the heavy artillery for his experimental studies; this is certainly the case in the video installation Stabilize my horizon on the parking deck of the OK Centre, which features four motorbikes battling it out on winding mountain roads. Eller’s impressively light-handed mises-en-scène, which are an accumulation of very loosely defined sequences of signals of state descriptions, are in fact controlled by a stringent dramaturgy.

He uses selfdeveloped but by no means arbitrary systems and codes to describe how the movements of various technological artefacts relate to a pre-existent natural environment. By contrast to the movements of dynamic objects seemingly spinning out of control – snowcats, jet skis, helicopters or, in this case, motorbikes – these highly charged scenarios seem to be underpinned by astonishingly static-state descriptions, which do not resolve themselves into isolated actions but usually coalesce within a defined framework into a »picture« reminiscent of a tableau vivant. Despite all the efforts to produce a strict master plan, the »picture« ultimately takes shape only in the head of the observer, where physical outward pictures and remembered mental pictures are fused.

In addition to Stabilize my horizon Eller is also showing Ritornell at the OK , a new four-part photographic work based on intaglios, which takes up the recurrent motif of a methodical series of sketches. The photos, hung in close formation, are shots of a dog chasing its tail..

(Sandro Droschl)

 

 

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