New York

Wolfgang Staehle

Koury Wingate Gallery

Wolfgang Staehle confronts the ways in which film and television shape our notions of framing in painting. He is an artist who cannot completely abandon the canvas for the screen, and painting persistently returns in his work as the uncanny. Staehle explores the fantasy of the screen and the adequacy of the image it frames more thoroughly than any other artist working in either painting or video today. His work speaks about the space outside the screen, the space that all acts of framing implicitly repress.

Staehle’s tiny monitors peer out at us like techno-eyes. Installed in cardboard boxes, on two-by-fours, or attached to lighting armatures and huge antennae, they look almost organic. In Theory of the Avant-Garde (all works 1990), a monitor suspended from the ceiling repeatedly plays the opening moments of The Jetsons in which George Jetson is outrun by a conveyor belt dog-walk while his

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