Video Palace #41- Corruptor, Orbiter, Eraser (Lost Archive 1)
Joep van Liefland at Art Rotterdam
From 2002, Video Palaces by Joep van Liefland have been popping up at a wide variety of places: from obscure windy car parks to prestigious art fairs and renowned white cube gallery spaces. Gallery Van Zijll Langhout Contemporary Art has the pleasure to present Video Palace #41- Corruptor, Orbiter, Eraser (Lost Archive 1), the latest incarnation of these elaborate installations by the Dutch, Berlin based artist at Art Rotterdam 2016.
In Rotterdam the rich newly configured architectural installation is set to compete with the much-celebrated Van Nellefabriek by Leendert van der Vlugt. A dialogue arises by placing the work made out of timeworn VHS cassettes in contrast with this renowned industrial gem, one that not only touches on the potential of the production apparatus itself but also on the longevity and transience of that which is being produced.
Van Liefland in his work embraces the ephemeral nature of technology. He resurrects the once state-of-the-art VHS material into building blocks to echo the forgone glory of outworn technological advances. Previously the artist pointed his audience primarily towards the exploitive nature of the content on the tapes itself. In newer constellations the work delves increasingly deeper into the ‘necro-romantic’ and philosophical values we adhere to video technology itself. To an extent the installations become rigid temples that pay tribute to that what time has done away with. Apart from minimalist references like seriality and rhythm it is the muted beauty of the absence of functionality that takes centre stage in these constellations. Here the artist not only directs us towards the relativity and beauty of the antiquated material itself but also questions the lifespan of all that awaits us.
Joep van Liefland
Earlier versions of the Video Palaces by Joep van Liefland were shown at prestigious art fairs like ABC Contemporary (Berlin), Art Parcours (Art Basel) and venues like Schrin Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and most recently Extra City, Antwerp.
Van Liefland is a Dutch artist that lives and works in Berlin. His work has been shown internationally. Recent solo presentations include: Ramiken Crucible, New York, Gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden and Kunstverein Heppenheim, Heppenheim. Furthermore his work was included in important group shows at Gallery Parissa Kind, Frankfurt and Kunstpalais Erlangen amongst many others.
We hope to welcome you to our booth (stand 41) during the fair.