10 May – 5 June 2005
Opening Tuesday 10 May 2005 7 – 9 pm
Gallery open Friday – Sunday 12 – 5 pm
HTTP Gallery is pleased to present Austrian artist Elisabeth Penker’s first solo exhibition in the UK. In her work, Elisabeth Penker is questioning visual structures in relation to language. By decoding visual systems and displacing rhythm and language into a non-linear structure, Penker is showing the commonality of Modern Art and First Nation Art. It is of particular interest how polysynthetic languages which are common in First Nation Languages (i.e. there is no clear distinction between a word and a sentence), compare to Indo-European languages and how visual languages relate to grammar and syntax.
Elisabeth Penker “Untitled (Moscow/Cracky Walls)” 1999-2004 2 active speakers, 3 CD players, mixing board, leather and burlap courtesy: Galerie Michael Hall, Vienna.
At the turn of the last century, the Futurists introduced sounds of motors and vocals as instruments for orchestras, which consequently influenced Dada and Fluxus movements that pioneered the early days of electronic music. The Dadaists phonetically experimented with grammatical structures. Penker combines these different approaches to rhythm and language transformations. For her exhibition at HTTP Gallery, Elisabeth Penker has developed a new sound piece Die Bildhauerin (The Sculptor [fem.]), a deconstruction of rhythm and syntax in a non-linear repetitive multi-channel matrix. Die Bildhauerin (The Sculptor [fem.]) breaks up the grammatical structure of the word “DIE-BILD-HAU-ER-IN” into minimal units which are called morphemes. The composition is arranged with the sound of two stonemasons, chiselling this broken grammatical structure into a wall. The morphemes build the base rhythms of the composition.
For the opening, Penker will perform live to the composition Die Bildhauerin (The Sculptor [fem.]). The performance is supported by a sonic structure constructed of wood and various industrial floor materials which are amplified and function as instruments and interactive sound sculptures during the exhibition.
The audience can play on the sonic structure of the sound piece, and this is combined structurally with the conceptual logic of Luigi Russolo’s (1913) Manifesto, The Art of Noises and the technical methodology of Jack Foley’s recordings for films.
Elisabeth Penker, born 1974 lives and works in Vienna recent exhibitions include:
2005 “The Red Thread” Howard House Contemporary, Seattle
2004 “Sound Studio”, Gallery Priestor for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, SK
“Born to Be a Star (curated by Ursula Probst)”, Künstlerhaus, Vienna
2003 “Sound System”, Salzbuger Kunstverein, Salzburg, A ; Liste 03 with Galerie Michael Hall, Vienna (solo) “Selected Sound Sculptures”, Galerie 5020
Salzburg /A (solo)
2002 , “Butterfly reached the sound-barrier”, Kibla New Media Center, Maribor, SL; “Waiting for the Ice Age”, Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna; “hear the art”, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
2001 Kunstbüro, Vienna (solo) “First Story-Women Building”, Galerie do Palacio Cristal, Porto (curated by Ute Meta Bauer) and “(untitled) 654321″, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, DK (curated by Jacob Fabricius & Tommy Lund)
Curated by: Tobi Maier and Furtherfield
“De-Grammatical: Rhythm and Language Transformation” is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.