Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Steinar Haga Kristensen at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius

Steinar Haga Kristensen at Contemporary Art Centre

Doubling is a good one, used to to full effect here. It suspends the rectifying, organizing principles of vision into a game. Desperately wanting to look at the thing itself, the images, repeating, disobey the logic of visual order: that there be a thing, singular. "The fact that there were two of them signifies the end of any original reference. [...] Only the doubling of the sign truly puts an end to what it designates." The content ironizes, deauthenticates, and prioritizes visual experience of the competing sights. If there had been only one owl, we’d be talking about the owl, but the two make it seem beside the point, of which there isn’t one, there’s two. Good Show.