make no promises to contemporary art – Urich Lau – P/O/V

Really, what’s the point of making promises to contemporary art when you can do more than paying lip service? Would you believe it if I told you I heard lines like “I make no promises to contemporary art”, “art is too important to be left to the authority”, “…… to sap and sanitise all of our creative bodily juices” in a black-and-white film featuring someone who looked like Adolf Hitler?

blog 300913_1Yes, be doubtful and then be very convinced and impressed after visiting Urich Lau’s latest solo show, Persistence of Vision (P/O/V) at Space Cottonseed, Gillman Barracks, Singapore. Urich has been very experimental with video art, photographic prints and anything in between or overlapping.

When I say overlapping, I mean literally overlapping. You will see it from two televisions placed close to the ground in the gallery, tilted at a certain angle for viewing. Watch how motion pictures overlap a stationary picture. Then, there is the slow-motion pictures on the wall.

The segments of black-and-white film were selected and put together by Urich using art appropriation and reformulation techniques. Some of the prints on show are taken from certain scenes in the film. Go experience the multi-TV setting. The artist has a special affinity with screens and screening, and I particularly admire his video cars created for earlier exhibitions.

The last day to discover your Persistence of Vision is this Sunday, 6th October 2013, at Space Cottonseed, 47 Malan Road #01-24, Singapore 109444.

Tuesday-Saturday: 12-7pm | Sunday: 12-6pm

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By the way, persistence of vision is a technical term that refers to “the phenomenon of the eye by which an after-image is thought to persist for approximately one twenty-fifth of a second to the eye and believed to be the explanation for motion perception” (Wikipedia).

Simply put, your eyes tell your brain that an object is still there when the object has moved or been removed. The Victorian toy of thaumatrope is a classic example. Say, you draw a bird on one side of a card and a cage on the other side, then flip the card quickly by pulling the strings tied to the card and you will see the bird in the cage.

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