German artist Florian Meisenberg has repeatedly staged confrontations between painted pictures and their digital siblings, and this was the case again in his recent exhibition with the lengthy title “Um, nice guy, good hospitality, but . . y’know . . I-I- I don’t think he knows how to turn on a computer. (brief pause) So . . . but th-the good thing is he’s filling the void . . uh, with coverage in xxxxxxxxxx at the moment so y’know they’re-they’re not drowning.”
Three sets of pictures were on view: a digital video tiled across four monitors, projections on the floor, and paintings on canvas. The video, which shares the exhibition’s title (all works 2016), shows elderly men playing tennis for nearly an hour. Serene close-up shots tracing their movements are accompanied by the soughing of the wind. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about the scene, and yet the images are spellbinding.
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