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Friday, October 7, 2011

Tabaimo: DANDAN: Interactive viewing

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/