Lag/Lack/Leak/Lapse

Hobo Wheel, 2013
VGA video
2 min 41 sec

RvSt TJulier 2013 11 20 MG 6899 HighRes

Crowd, 2007
silver gelatin print, frame
26 x 39 cm

RvSt TJulier 2013 11 20 MG 6915 HighRes

installation view: Lag/Lack/Leak/Lapse

RvSt TJulier 2013 11 20 MG 6895 HighRes

installation view: Lag/Lack/Leak/Lapse

P1020298 web

RGBK, 2013 
inkjet print on glass, wall mount, fluorescent light, diffusor
80 x 60 cm

RvSt TJulier 2013 11 20 MG 7022 HighRes

Light Check, 2013 
HD video loop, moving spot light
dimensions variable

RvSt TJulier 2013 11 20 MG 6970 HighRes

Light Check, 2013 
HD video loop, moving spot light
dimensions variable

RvSt TJulier 2013 11 20 MG 6936 HighRes

Light Check, 2013 
HD video loop, moving spot light
dimensions variable

Light Check, 2012
HD video, 12min 27sec
with Cédric Eisenring

lag/lack/leak/lapse
November 16 – December 21, 2013

RaebervonStenglin is delighted to present lag/lack/leak/lapse, Thomas Julier's first exhibition with the gallery. Elisions and allusions pervade the works of the Swiss artist, which frequently illuminate the characters of his chosen media — predominantly photography and video, but extending to readymades and installations — as much as they do their apparent subject matter. Reality comes refracted in Julier's art, generating heightened experiences of syncopated rhythm.

Light processing is a central theme in lag/lack/leak/lapse. Static and moving images are arrived at through different technologies, from digital and analogue photographic technique to mobile phone recording, then modified and realised through numerous sources of light: on flatscreens, back-lit glass and video projections and photographs variously spotlit and bathed in coloured light. Julier is interested in “the configuration of different shifts that result from a non-representational use of video and photography”, the lags and lapses that this brings about. Sounds leak unseen into scenarios, inviting imaginative speculation as to their causes, and the information lost in moving from one medium into another creates a charm of its own. At RaebervonStenglin, Julier's new works — Light CheckCrowdDetroit in Berlin / Colour-Wheel and Optical Apparatus (all 2013) — experimentally incorporate previously-made works as source material; the changes wrought by the translations themselves become the matter of the works.

The immersive environments of Julier's works create a trance-like poetics of pattern, rhythm and light that is at once highly artificial and simultaneously true to an existence increasingly moderated — and enjoyed — through technology. Club scenes, the platforms of digital media and architecture all feed into his art, yet the machinery of contemporary life is left strangely devoid of humanity, even when people ostensibly figure; a lack that is left deliberately for the visitor themselves to fill in.

http://www.raebervonstenglin.com/index/exhibitions/past/Thomas-Julier-1113.html
https://www.artforum.com/inprint/issue=201402&section=zurich

photos: Gunnar Meier