International 2009 Archives
Clare Langan, The Ice Above, The Fire Below
Limerick City Gallery of Art (Ireland)
Langan's films are a contemporary meditation on the Romantic Landscape in its entire beautiful, haunting and melancholic splendor. This major exhibition includes the Irish premier of her latest work, a three screen presentation of The Ice Above, the Fire Below.
The Ice Above, the Fire Below is a film of the sea, shot using a high speed digital Phantom Camera. The camera enables the use of extreme slow motion not possible with a regular camera. The film creates a wall of water in the space emulating the effect of being in the middle of, or surrounded by a tidal wave. Projecting the videos in a gallery situates the viewer in an immersive panoramic experience of sound and vision, something that would not be possible with a traditional cinema setting.
Traces of Caspar David Friedrich's images may be found in the immaculately framed and dramatic staging of violence, deluge and the constant threat of man's obliteration. Some of the film scenes' are generated through the construction of miniature scenes onto which disaster is then unleashed. Langan, a very gifted film maker skilled in both traditional and technological means, takes us on a journey through multiple geographical locations both real and constructed, allowing us access to dreamlike visions of the potential chaos that exists in nature and in our cinematic memories.
Exhibition January 15th -
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Clare Langan, The Ice Above, the Fire Below, 2007-