Who distinguishes light from dark

Solo exhibition by Ariel Reichman

waterside contemporary, 2014
Ariel Reichman
Who distinguishes light from dark  16 January - 22 March 2014  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159
Ariel Reichman
Who distinguishes light from dark  16 January - 22 March 2014  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159
Ariel Reichman
Who distinguishes light from dark  16 January - 22 March 2014  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159
Ariel Reichman
Who distinguishes light from dark  16 January - 22 March 2014  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159

Through film, photography, drawing and installation, Reichman’s practice explores a paradoxical space between the poetic and the political, retaining a sense of innocence and childlike conviction with which to critically observe its institutional surroundings.

The exhibition itself rejects the perimeter of the gallery, leaving all walls empty. A central, purpose-built structure houses Secret Performance (I have to be strong), in which the artist tries to operate a wind-up torch to provide light for the duration of a reel of 16mm film, struggling to sustain the action and himself remaining obscure.

Images appear at once metaphor and figurative, and it is often not clear whether we are looking in or out. Using modest means and forms, the artist places his viewers near a boundary, a physical, ideological or emotional structure. Electric Fence, a series of photographs consisting of a single continuous white line that is at first difficult to identify, withdraws into seductive abstraction with ease. All the same, the image reproduces stark and unforgiving conditions – negation, invisibility, permanence.

Kathryn Lloyd at thisistomorrow