We Dig Repetition: Peter Roehr, NYC 24 Nov 09

From: Mark Webber (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Nov 23 2009 - 07:01:57 PST

sorry this event was entered into the calendar for this week, but it's
happening tomorrow.



Tuesday 24 November 2009, at 7:30pm

Curated by Mark Webber

"“I 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."” (Peter Roehr, 1964)

You might think that Andy Warhol took pleasure in endless repetition,
but he’s 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, 16mm, 1965, 11 mins
Peter Roehr, Ton-Montagen I, audiotape on cd, 1965, 34 mins
Peter Roehr, Film-Montagen II, 16mm, 1965, 7 mins
Peter Roehr, Ton-Montagen II, audiotape on cd, 1965, 26 mins
Peter Roehr, Film-Montagen III, 16mm, 1965, 5 mins

“"I feel identical with what I do. In the ‘montages’ I realize, in an
unrestricted manner, everything that is important to me. I believe, I
am free."” (Peter Roehr, 1965)

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

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 Land”, and Tate Modern seasons on Robert Beavers and Tony Conrad.
He is currently visiting New York through the generosity of the
Gershwin Hotel's artist-in-residence program.


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220 36th Street btw 2nd & 3rd Ave, (5th Floor), Brooklyn, NY 11232.
Subway: D, M, N, R to 36th Street

Tickets: $7 on door

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