Assaf Gruber

Even better than the real thing: About Studies in Sculpture

Rosalind Krauss mentions in her standard work on the meaning of sculpture that „Lessing asserts that sculpture is an art concerned with the deployment of bodies in space. And he continues, saying that this defining spatial character must be separated off from the essence of those art forms, like poetry, whose medium is time.“* Israeli artist Assaf Gruber, currently a resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, relates to this point of view, trying to understand how sculpture can structure film from within the frame.

Educated as a sculptor and video artist at Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at The HISK, (Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Ghent) in Belgium Gruber is working on the series “Studies in Sculpture” since 2004 exploring Krauss’s note that all bodies exist not only in space, but also in time. His screening at Salon Populaire takes the title from the U2 song from 1992 as a trigger for questions, desires and thoughts about our realities as constructed through cinema. What are we looking for? Satisfaction? Pleasure? And who actually cares about reality?

* Rosalind Krauss, Passages in modern Sculpture, New York 1977.


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