Galerie Barbara Wien is delighted to present the exhibition "AEIOU" by New York-based, Jamaican-born artist Dave McKenzie. McKenzie's fourth solo show at the gallery focuses on his performative practice and video work. Over the course of the exhibition, the artist develops a new series of seven performances for the camera.
At the time of the opening, three video performances are on view at the gallery: "A", "E", and "I". The remaining four works, "O", "U", "&", and "Y", are conceived throughout the duration of the exhibition. They are first live-streamed into the gallery space from McKenzie's studio in New York, and then added to the rotation of recordings on display, replacing the earlier performances.
In the works that comprise "AEIOU", McKenzie performs an improvised choreography with a large sheet of glass – a balancing act, oscillating between struggle and interaction, motivated by an exhaustive determination. McKenzie develops a language in the studio space that is flexible but also has its limits, thinking through movement and touch. Aware of the restricted space, and his relation to the camera and the remote viewers, the artist understands these solitary performances as a non-traditional form of drawing and writing. The title of the exhibition, referring to the vowel letters in the Roman alphabet, is a nod to this idea: simple building blocks loosely arranged, not yet a complete sentence.
Press release courtesy Barbara Wien.
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