December 2, 2015

Florian Meisenberg
Dylan Kerr: Youthfest at Art Basel! 5 Young Artists at the Fair You Need to Know Now

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Dylan Kerr: Youthfest at Art Basel! 5 Young Artists at the Fair You Need to Know Now, www.artspace.com, December 2, 2015

 

Though he studied under Peter Doig in the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Florian Meisenberg’s work in Wentrup Gallery’s booth shows off his skills in video rather than painting. The five-channel installation is all about screens and the separations they enforce, with each of his own (digital) screens illustrating the process in action. One TV monitor shows the frustrated attempt to stroke a convenience store cat through a pane of glass; another records Meisenberg’s efforts to communicate and command Apple’s Siri, with only limited success. Perhaps the most powerful scene shows the Byzantine-era head of Medusa in Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern, visible only when illuminated by the flash of tourists’ cameras. Veering between lighthearted observations and more sober critiques, this is one video installation that’s worth watching until it loops.

 

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