- ABNER PREIS /THE ACCIDENTAL CHAMPION
- 06 DECEMBER — 13 JANUARY
Opening reception: Thursday 6 December, 17.00 – 19.30 hrs.
Private performance at Gallery Gabriel Rolt:
"The Accidental Champion"
Silent movie and live performance by: Abner Preis
Thursday Jan 10th 19:00
Friday Jan 11th 19:00
Saturday Jan 12th 14:00, 16:00, and final performance 19:00
there will be a short discussion with guest speakers after the performance called
"A Happy Ending".
please RSVP for your chosen evening space is limited:
Galerie Gabriel Rolt is delighted to announce
the first solo show in the gallery by Israeli/American artist Abner Preis. Well-known for his surprising and socially engaged performances, Preis will present two major video works, accompanied by a selection of props used in both films. The artist’s ability to portray universal issues of our post-modern contemporary society in a simple and direct way makes these works surprisingly significant.
‘The Accidental Champion’
, a 38 minute silent film inspired by Charlie Chaplin, is the central piece of the exhibition and will premiere during the opening in the gallery. The story of this video is built around a 1920’s boxing match and the journey of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who accidentally ends up the champion of the game. Forty volunteers act − on a minimalistic, stagelike set − together with Preis, creating a contemporary collaborative gesamtkunstwerk
in which the process of building a story is considered most significant. Like Chaplin, the artist questions social dogmas and subtly uncovers modern society’s struggle with the rapidity of change and urge for absolute happiness. By shooting and moving in slow-motion, he manages to poetically capture this struggle with the speed of time.