Hirsch Perlman

Kunstraum Niederoesterreich

Hirsch Perlman’s first solo exhibition in Austria contained only three works, each consisting of a video accompanied by a framed black and white film still and a brief descriptive text. Unlike some of Perlman’s earlier pieces, which dealt with architecture, the police, and legal systems, it was extremely difficult to establish a frame of reference for this work.

On one level the relationship between the text and the images was very clear, as the work seemed at first to involve a faithful translation of the visual into the linguistic, or vice versa. The text that appeared in Shoving (all works 1994), for example, read: “Two people taking turns shoving each other over and over again as deliberately and forcefully as they can.” In this work, the only one that was installed as a video projection, two men carried out the action described—that is, they alternated pushing each other out of the

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