Wiebach’s multimedia exhibition continues

By Victor Aguilar

A ship runs aground on a stretch of open desert with silhouetted passengers mysteriously peering toward the horizon. A giant paper airplane levitates in the middle of a room, despite a multitude of lead pendulums weighing down its edges. A video of clouds moving through a blue sky is projected on its underside. The rusted carcass of an abandoned truck is sinking into the cracked earth terrain. You will find these and other intriguing objects and painted images at “Crossroads,” a painting and installation exhibition by Michael Wiebach, currently at ArtPrint Gallery in Centro.

A quote by Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich marks the entrance to the first of three connected gallery spaces:

“A low-energy policy allows for a wide choice of lifestyles and cultures. If on the other hand, a society opts for high energy consumption, its social relations must be dictated by technocracy and will be equally degrading whether labelled capitalist or socialist.”

Just ahead is a battered remnant of an old ship with a porthole through which can be seen a video of a rough sea; a roiling sensation of “motion sickness” sets in.  On the patio wall just around the corner, hangs a painting of a yellow rubber ducky landlocked in the middle of a cracked earth desert, The title,  “Al Agua Pato?” is a common Spanish phrase (usually a warning), designating where someone will likely end up. But in this painting, where is the water? One black-painted wall is covered with dozens of carefully spaced paper airplanes.

In the second exhibition room, next to a small painting of a bird restricted by mechanical wings, hangs another painting of a paper airplane weightlessly floating over a desert landscape, a commentary on the duality playing out within the art works of this exhibition.  Viewing the show, one is constantly confronted with questions and encouraged to think in visual metaphors. Where is technology taking us? Where are we headed? “Crossroads” is a thought provoking and artfully installed exhibition. Don’t miss it.

“Crossroads” will be open at ArtPrint Gallery, Correo 46, through the Easter holidays. Please call to check gallery hours: 415-152-1575.


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