Cindy Rucker Gallery is pleased to present Knowledge Comes with Death’s Release featuring
works by artist-duo Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann. This is the artists’ second show at the
Despite their ubiquity and naïve promise of infinite companionship, technological products
abandon us. The screens that deliver information and entertainment succumb to their fragility
to reveal their mortal secrets previously hidden behind the black mirror. In these otherwise
discarded objects, Geissler/Sann find reason to celebrate the patternless logic of these
mechanical conflicts; the phosphors that once effortlessly composed the most intricate details
are minimized to large swaths of ultramarine and vermillion.
Horseshoe crabs, perhaps our longest partners, also threaten to depart: while their origin dates
back to four hundred and eighty-five million years ago and they have survived at least a dozen
extinctions, their population is dwindling due to overfishing for food and bait, and the
harvesting of their blue blood for scientific purposes. As these ancient creatures are impossible
to raise to adulthood while in captivity, their mortality in the blood-letting process stems from
the amount of blood drawn and the stress experienced during handling and transport.
In this exhibition aptly titled from David Bowie’s Nietzschean rock ballad Quicksand, Geissler/
Sann explore the beauty in the frail tension between scientific advancement, nature and those
that inhabit both spaces simultaneously. Alongside the large panel sized prints lay two screens:
one depicts a horseshoe crab’s slow traverse and the other etched with a centuries-old
geocentric map. Visual parallels between the circular map and the crab’s carapace underscore
the parallels between the “center of the universe” attitude of humankind and the near casualty
of the ancient creature alongside.
Altogether, the photographs and videos on display are the result of a post-apocalyptical
landscape in which both objects and subjects have cracked. However, while their cracks
manifest mechanical stress, it is difficult to determine whether to interpret their image as death,
weakness, or perhaps strength, like leaves with their guiding lines for growth.
Cindy Rucker Gallery is located at 141 Attorney Street at Stanton in New York City. Gallery hours are
Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment. For more information about this and
other exhibitions, please contact the gallery at 212-388-9311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.