Deville Cohen, ‘Grayscale’, 2009/2010, Anat Ebgi

In the three-act video Grayscale (2009/2010), black and white Xerox reproductions of cars, bottles of White-Out, and push pins are enlarged to human scale and personified by actors who hold up the printouts; with the actors’ faces entirely hidden and their bodies largely obscured, anthropomorphized versions of inanimate objects become the primary characters of the production. The motivations of each remain mysterious—a Xeroxed car moves through a car wash with brushes made of shredded paper; a bottle of White-Out and a highlighter take to a piano, leaving their respective colors on the black and white keys; fake rubber organs, including a brain and a heart, are cut through with a rusty saw. While their driving force and logic is allusive, the actions are completed in systematic fashion—a confidence of movement that slowly disrupts and transforms the settings and environments. Adapting the banality of the corporate office into a work of absurdist theater, Grayscale forces the viewer to reconsider objects typically overlooked, a process of alienation and recontextualization.
Courtesy of the artist.

About Deville Cohen

Israeli, b. 1977, Tel Aviv, Israel, based in Brooklyn, New York