Noa Gur, Staircase Flesh, 2009 · DV · 1’ 29” · Edition of 5 +1 AP
In the video piece, Staircase Flesh, a gray concrete floor is projected onto the gallery‘s identical floor. The image slowly conveys information into the gray frame, where a reflection of water flows into a puddle drawing a visual field that is constantly changing. After a few seconds, the puddle freezes into a bright crystal, and for a brief moment, encourages the viewer to gaze at the sutured image projected: The artist walking down metal steps in a repetitive movement, scaling down into the abyss.
Within a series of works made by Gur regarding to bodily representation in art, the video corresponds with Marcel Duchamp´s “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2)” from 1912. It describes a double gaze that tries to link Cubism to Futurism: The way to see the woman´s body as a singular object and the way to understand an action in parts. In this work Gur translates the relationship between time and place that exists in a painting by embodying two sequences; first as she walks down a staircase leading to an underwater tunnel and second while projecting the video footage of that action, and reflecting it through spilling water in the gallery´s floor
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