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Zilvinas Kempinas

Spencer Brownstone Gallery (39 Wooster)
39 Wooster Street, 212-334-3455
January 20 - February 25, 2006
Reception: Friday, January 20, 6 - 8 PM
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In the front gallery, Columns continues Zilvinas Kempinas’s startling and evocative employment of the unusual medium of unspooled videotape. Thirteen floor-to-ceiling columns of stretched tape will transform walking through the space into a dramatic physical and optical experience. The tape is stretched lengthways so that its thin edge and wide edge are seen alternately, creating a vibrant and disorienting effect as one moves around the columns.

In the back gallery, Kempinas presents another new piece that immerses us experientially. Bike Messenger is a 4-channel video/8-channel audio installation that represents a kind of crazy ad-hoc, apotheosis of home theatre surround-sound. Rigging four cameras to his bicycle, Kempinas documents a one-hour journey through Manhattan. His starting point random and his destination unimportant, Kempinas’ only imperative was to keep moving.

Born in Lithuania in 1969, Kempinas has been based in New York since completing his MFA at Hunter College in 2002.
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