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Susanne M. Winterling

Daniel Reich Gallery

Lap dissolves have lost much of the appeal they had back when Citizen Kane (1941) introduced the Xanadu manse through an ominous series of overlapping images, each fading out as the subsequent one faded in, or when La Jetée (1962) utilized the transition for a more subjective sequence in which, according to the narrator, “images begin to ooze like confessions.” By now, our eyes have become so conditioned by the more jarring interruptions of jump cuts and channel hops that multiple fade-outs and fade-ins seem rather hokey, relegated to “lesser” forms like screen savers and club visuals.

What, then, to make of Berlin-based artist Susanne M. Winterling’s video montage Piles of Shade, 2006, on view in her recent exhibition “I’ll be your mirror, but i’ll dissolve . . .” at Daniel Reich Gallery? Transitioning into one another via watery dissolves, the work’s images, culled in part from books,

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