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Mathias Poledna, Substance, 2014, 35 mm, color, sound, 6 minutes 40 seconds.

Mathias Poledna

Galerie Buchholz | New York

Mathias Poledna, Substance, 2014, 35 mm, color, sound, 6 minutes 40 seconds.

The kernel of Mathias Poledna’s exhibition was Substance, a six-minute, forty-second 35-mm film depicting the movements of a Rolex watch. The 2014 work was first shown at the Renaissance Society in Chicago that year, and in that exhibition, Poledna also removed the trusswork from the institution’s ceiling. Two portions of that metal structure appeared here, suspended by wire, like bits of a miniature railway bridge. Hanging in an otherwise empty white cube, these were the first things one saw before a mix of music and motorized projector noise ushered the viewer into the black box at the gallery’s rear. 

The relationship between the architectural fragments and the film proved elliptical, but both demonstrate an interest in hardware, apparatus, and techne. Indeed, it is not only the mechanical movements of the watch that captivate—the second hand spinning strikes the viewer as

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