Mark Webber presents We Dig Repetition: Peter Roehr at Light Industry (11/24)

From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Nov 20 2009 - 08:50:23 PST

Light Industry
220 36th Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, New York
We Dig Repetition: Peter Roehr
Curated by Mark Webber
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 7:30pm

³I alter material by organizing it unchanged. Each work is an organized area
of unchanged elements. Neither successive or additive, there is no result or
sum.² (Peter Roehr, 1964)

You might think that Andy Warhol took pleasure in endless repetition, but
he¹s got nothing on Peter Roehr, a German artist whose brief career produced
hundreds of works using type, photography, collage, film and audiotape. Not
content with applying mechanical reproduction techniques to art-making,
Roehr instead chose to appropriate industrially produced materials. His many
photo collages present austere grids of identically cropped images from
magazines. Similarly, his film and sound montages are constructed from brief
passages, frequently drawn from commercial advertising, repeated without
variation, for an irregular number of reiterations. The result is an
insistent, hypnotic demonstration of stoic seriality that takes time and
time again.

Peter Roehr, Film-Montagen I-III, 16mm, 1965, 23 mins
Peter Roehr, Ton-Montagen I-II, audiotape, 1965, 60 mins

Roehr died at the age of 23 in 1968. From November 2009 to March 2010, his
work is surveyed in parallel exhibitions at the Städel Museum and Museum für
Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt.

³I feel identical with what I do. In the Œmontages¹ I realize, in an
unrestricted manner, everything that is important to me. I believe, I am
free.² (Peter Roehr, 1965)

Mark Webber is an independent curator of avant-garde and artists' film and
video, and programme advisor to the BFI London Film Festival. Recent
projects include "Shoot Shoot Shoot", "Reverence: The Films of Owen Land²,
and Tate Modern seasons on Robert Beavers and Tony Conrad. He is currently
working on several publications, and visiting New York through the
generosity of the Gershwin Hotel's artist-in-residence program.

Tickets - $7, available at door.

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