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  [BLACK BRANE. Tomas Eller]

Kunstverein Medienturm
Josefigasse 1, 8020 Graz

Tue-Fri 2-6 p.m.,
Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
With the solo show BLACK BRANE, Tomas Eller (*1975 Merano, lives in Vienna) adds scarcely explored cosmic structures to his long-time analysis around transferred “natural” phenomena. In the context of (non-presentable) “black holes” and similar topological defects, cosmologists talk about a “black brane”, which presumably is composed of multidimensional objects.

Tomas Eller’s video installations question the precarious relation of “nature” and “technology” by analysing, surveying and using as a stage the alpine mountainscape by means of complex, technical procedures. For most of his experimental studies, Eller brings in heavy equipment: conforming to exact terms of reference, motorcyles race along alpine roads with wild pursuits (“Stabilize My Horizon”, 2000/01), snow groomers leave their surprisingly graceful traces across a winterly plateau (“Electricnight”, 2002), Jet Skis rush on a lake and let wave crests dance (“Buoy”, 2003) or an off-road vehicle drives on a wintry mountain pass road, while scanning the nocturnal setting with a spotlight (“Landrover”, 2001). Eller pointedly uses motorised technology, in order to make ephemeral inscription in an - usually untouched - nature. Through his texturing procedure, clearly defined, imaginary places appear, which are concentrated to complex images through their variant-rich staging.

On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue is released.

Tomas Eller

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Tomas Eller, BLACK BRANE, 2007. Kunstverein Medienturm. exhibition view photo: Tomas Eller