Critics’ Picks

David Shrigley, Laundry, 2006, still from a black-and-white video with sound, 2 minutes 44 seconds.

David Shrigley, Laundry, 2006, still from a black-and-white video with sound, 2 minutes 44 seconds.

London

“Momentary Momentum”

Parasol unit
14 Wharf Road
March 3–May 12, 2007

Launching the intimacy of drawing into spectacular motion in a selection of films, videos, and animations, cocurators Ziba de Weck-Ardalan and Laurence Dreyfus have carefully installed work by twenty international artists across two floors of this showcase space. Headlining the exhibition in the first room, Christine Rebet’s Brand Band News, 2005, a triple-projection video installed inside a raw wooden cabin designed by the artist, is a magical vision of the Wild West. Bewitching music, composed by George Philip, with lyrics by the artist’s brother Frédéric Rebet, accompanies the narrative, which progresses in a series of color ink plates—a galloping horse, the debut of the mischievous “Bullet Sisters,” and the explosive final scene. David Shrigley brings the wry sense of humor of his drawings to the animated film Laundry, 2006. Rendered with his trademark thick black marker-pen line, the short film follows an Englishman who takes his horse, muddied from a canter through the fields, to the Laundromat. Despite a reprimand from the attendant, he proceeds to run his horse through both the washing machine and dryer, saying “I will not stop the cycle, I will lose my money.” The mischieviousness of Shrigley’s work informs Francis Alÿs’s take on an urban ramble. His animation Time Is a Trick of the Mind, 1998, continuously loops pale, sketchy images of a man with a wooden stick, walking beside a metal fence and tapping each rail with a poignant clang—the sound of his mark in motion.