PRINT December 2003

David Rimanelli

1 Felix Gmelin, Farbtest, Die Rote Fahne II (Color Test, The Red Flag II; “Delays and Revolutions,” Venice Biennale) Time travel, 2002 to 1968. Gmelin juxtaposed two small-scale, rather intimate projections: one of his father participating in a revolutionary action in Berlin in February 1968 as one of several runners carrying a red flag through the streets and the other a re-creation of the event which the artist staged in Stockholm last year. The action in Berlin culminated with one of the protestors, having gained access to the town hall, emerging with the flag on a balcony; Gmelin’s replay omits only this detail, implying that political protest is foreclosed. “Politics” as theme, gesture, and look: The red flags, separated by thirty-plus years, function as nostalgic, seductive, glamorous icons.

2 Spencer Finch (Postmasters, New York) and Edward Krasiński (Anton Kern Gallery, New York)

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