Studies in Sculpture
Studies in Sculpture is an ongoing project (2004-2016) based mostly on films from the latter half of the 1980s, encompasses dozens of film excerpts that capture sculptural gestures. In the videos a new attitude towards objects emerges. With the completion of the assault on labor, commodities became the world itself. The project reflects on art-making in the current zero growth economy - from 1980s artists as consumers through 1990s artists as producers, to 2000s artists as archivists and researchers.
"The paradox pending in Assaf Gruber’s series Studies in Sculpture constitutes a distance from Internet productiveness, draws away from it, defines resistance and, in a way, implies an agenda for art. The series seeks a subject for a dialogue in order to materialize as an independent presence. It is like a play in need of an actor. The moment of display is an opportunity for the artist-gleaner wandering in the liminal zone of a (Duchampesque) strategy of choice to conduct a dialogue with a viewer, as subject to subject, and transform potential into actuality— albeit conceptual; transform the virtual into an “object-event” in a real space, or more accurately—into a relevant situation. Where does the choice of excerpts lead? Where does the sculpture-without-sculpture, the pedestal-without-a-sculpture lead?"
from the essay "Studies for Accelerated Sculptures or Sculpture on Hold", 2012
Full video can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/146479913 (request password here)
See also: Studies in Sculpture – 22 Fragments book