Ceal Floyer

Ceal Floyer
September 3 – October 28, 2005
'Til I Get It Right, 2005
Audio CD, amplifier, speakers,
CD-player or mp3 player, 
White connection cables

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen
Apollinaris, 2005
DVD, DVD-player, projector 
10:21 min duration

Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Ceal Floyer

Ceal Floyer
Esther Schipper, Berlin
September 3 – October 28, 2005
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Berlin-based artist Ceal Floyer appeared in the 90s as one of the artists who builds upon the history and language of minimal and conceptual art. Her work often functions as a simultaneous discussion between the possibility of deception or illusion and the absence thereof, which is laid bare by the way most works are made or titled. She mostly uses objects, imagery or signs from everyday life for reductive experiments, often of a linguistic nature, into the machinery of double meanings, changing definitions and the importance of representational size & scale.

 

For her first solo exhibition with the gallery and her first German solo gallery show, she has made two new works, an audio piece and a projected film, that show the exhibition spaces at their most reductive.

 

For ’Til I Get It Right, the artist took one line from a song by Tammy Wynette, which is being repeated ad infinitum, therefore turning the romantic and innocently sung original into a repetitious and intense analysis of failure, persistance and anxiety. It is also something like a self portrait of the idea of a loop, as it keeps on repeating what is already being repeated in the content of the lyrics. This audio piece is played in the main gallery, which is otherwise left completely empty, to be filled only with what almost sounds like a vinyl record stuck in its groove. 

 

In the smaller second space we will show on one complete wall the film Apollinaris, named after a spa water available in Germany, also known as the „queen of the table waters“. The projection shows the sparkly action happening above the rim of a glass of mineral water, which being projected in this bigger size resembles more of a fountain or some abstracted fireworks. The title of the piece also recalls space travel and epic stellar activity, which is being countered with the small scale action of the actual happening.

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