film, edition 1/5 from an edition of 5 + 1 AP
Some recent solo exhibitions
Z33, Hasselt 2009, 'Promotion'
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, 2008, 'Distant present'
Bloomberg Space, London 2007, 'Big Bang – and assorted minor explosions'
Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm 2006, 'Seen' (video installation at the façade of the building)
Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam 2003, 'De Klok en het Uurwerk'
Some recent group exhibitions
Third biennial of new visual art performance, New York 2009, 'Performa 09'
Gallery Friedrich Petzel, New York 2008, 'Capacete'
De Paviljoens, Almere 2007, 'Tweeëntwintigduizendvijfhonderd. De Collectie Almere, aanwinsten 2001-2007'
Adam Szymczyk, Elena Filipovic (ed.), When things cast no shadow – 5th Berlin Biennial for contemporary art, Zurich: jrp/Ringier/Berlin: KW Institute for Contemporary Art 2008
Huib Haye van der Werf [et al.], PRESENT. Kunst bij Rijksgebouwen 2004-2006, Rotterdam: episode publishers 2007
Sara Arrhenius [et al.], Gabriel Lester: how to act, Rotterdam: Veenman 2006
Selected public and corporate collections
Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst Montevideo/tba, Amsterdam, NL • Museum Het Domein, Sittard, NL • AMC Kunstcollectie, Amsterdam, NL • Achmea Kunstcollectie, NL
Gabriel Lester makes 'total art'. Techniques borrowed from the film world – montages, suspense, camera angles and effects – are used in making his installations. Lester himself says that he attempts to make accessible work layered with meaning. On the Rijksakademie Open Days, for instance, he created the light installation How to Act (1999). With fifty coloured spotlights attached to the ceiling, he translated Hollywood soundtracks into a suspenseful montage. The playful reference to wellknown American movie clichés like sorrow, romance and tragedy are laid on thick. Big Bang (2007) requires you to pass through doorways in six bare wood walls, reminiscent of the back of a stage set. When you emerge, you turn to face the massive pattern of a mushroom cloud, cut out of a succession of walls. Lester's films and installations work in tandem to compress and expand cinema's codes, tools and conventions, and with a mobile, active spectator who generates meaning rather than passively following a plot or receiving narrative elements. In his work we become wanderers, intruders and explorers, characters on a journey through the very architecture of cinema.
Gabriel Lester was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 1999-2000.
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