On December 14, 2013 Sonnabend Gallery will open “Bodyy Musicxx” an exhibition of video work by Charlemagne Palestine.
Since he rose to prominence in the 1960s, Charlemagne Palestine has been an influential artist whose work encompasses video, music, performance and other media. On view in this exhibition will be video works from the 1970s through the present, including Body Music I and II, Island Song and Ritual in the Emptiness. In these videos, Palestine uses his body, his voice, and the video camera to enact intense and psychologically charged rituals within such spaces as a labyrinthine villa, an animal cemetery, the island of St. Pierre, Newfoundland and a rollercoaster on Coney Island.
from Electronic Arts Intermix:
“Movement and sound, as they relate to the body and the voice, are the vehicles through which Palestine expels internal energy. Ritualistic vocal expressions — hypnotic chants, trance-inducing tones — become physical translations of anguish and pain, as does the use of the video as an extension of the body. Running frenetically with the camera or strapping it to a moving motorcycle, Palestine uses motion as metaphor. Challenging identity and perception, he often positions the viewer behind the camera, in a subjective point of view. Seeing through his eyes, moving with his body, the viewer is both participant and voyeur.”
The exhibition will continue through February 1.
Please contact the gallery for further information.