|Tabaimo, Blow, 2009. Video and sound installation|
James Cohan gallery
|Tabaimo, Blow 2009|
Wishing I was at the Venice Biennale, I took my family down to Chelsea to see the work of Japanese artist Tabaimo who is representing Japan in the Biennale this year. Lucky for us she has a solo-exhibit all this month at the James Cohan gallery. Tabaimo's video installations are designed to be interactive experiences, as she manipulates the gallery space to create the environment in which she wants you to see her work. To view "BLOW" at the gallery, she has eliminated the lines of the walls in the space by installing a curved half pipe ramp that is covered in scrim. A continuous stream of images appear and disappear at your feet and on the sloping sides of the scrim in a slow rhythm. As we walked around the space we took in different perspectives of the video. Bubbles swish and swirl around beneath you water flora and sinewy muscle ligaments bubbling to the surface. Are we in a well or a dark underground pool? My child found it calming and thrilling at the same time.
The video in the next room is called danDAN. A surreal story set in a small apartment. The images are projected on to three attached screens in a rubix cube like fashion. The slow but constant shuffle of the images to allow you to piece the plot together, even if you're not always sure which way is up. Tabaimo's work succeeds in creating an interactive experience for you by gently shifting your sense of space. The exhibit is up until October 29th.
Perfect for all
The James Cohan Gallery 533 West 26th street www.jamescohan.com
images James Cohan Gallery
2011 Venice Biennal www.labiennale.org/en/art/exhibition/