de Rijke/de Rooij

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

Dutch artists Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij are best known for their 16- and 35-mm films, which often push the moving image toward stasis in service of the duo’s coolly cerebral, career-long examination of the mechanisms of photographic and filmic representation. If that sounds dust-dry, the work is usually anything but, because de Rijke and de Rooij, collaborators since 1994, have a sneaky wit and a knack for mesmerizing visuals. Their recent film installation Mandarin Ducks, 2005, which debuted at the 2005 Venice Biennale, featured ten characters cryptically interacting in a modish apartment, suggesting that the pair might be moving in a more theatrical direction. In their recent New York solo debut, on the other hand, they eschewed film entirely, as if deliberately skirting a medium associated with spectacle and sensationalism in order to set forth the terms of their practice as

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