Image by Michael Snow
Condensation—A Cove Story
Originally a professional jazz musician Michael Snow is now regarded as one of the most influential video artists in our time.
As a video artist, Michael Snow is revered, especially among critics and curators, for his ground-breaking work in experimental cinema. But his films can also be easy to dismiss: his work is often so fragmentary, so seemingly incomplete, that it can be hard to understand what all the fuss is about. Yet no other artist has done so much to destabilise our approximation of the visible than Michael Snow. By threatening the very tools we rely on to process what we perceive, the artist creates unnerving yet frequently poetic works. His avant-garde film-making is less about a way of understanding the camera as a device for recording than as an instrument whose structural, material properties can form the main focus of the work. Michael Snow’s rich and rigorous meditations on cinematic practice can be seen in what is his first solo show in Spain with two new video-installations and a film that will rank among the best exhibitions this month.
Until June 13th, 2009
Pintor Fortuny 27; Metro: Catalunya