the observatory in the making
observation structures and sites of discovery
12 December 2009 – 23 January 2010
Marcus Neustetter’s third solo exhibition at GALLERY AOP pulls together various strands of the artist’s visual thinking. On show are a series of works that evolved from the work-in-progress sculptural installation at the Joburg Art Fair 2009, as well as various visual explorations of experiences in Sutherland in the Western Cape, which will culminate in his version of an ‘artist observatory’ to be constructed there.
Marcus Neustetter’s exhibition, in two minds in April 2008 at GALLERY AOP, was inspired by his experiences while ascending Mount Kilimanjaro in December 2006. He has subsequently undertaken various experiments to re-enact this experience, and to explore further his perceptions of ‘living between city lights and stars’. one moment is a presentation of photographs, digital traces, drawings and installations that attempt to reflect on the experience of climbing the volcano Mount Teide on Tenerife (Canary Islands) on 11th and 12th October 2009. Neustetter used the exhibition at GALLERY AOP as a moment of contemplation by ‘laying out’ his ideas and findings.
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one moment overview
Although Marcus Neustetter’s solo exhibition at Art on Paper Gallery invokes processes of mapmaking – representing space by drawing it in two dimensions on a map – it is not about conventional cartography. Rather, he introduces the element of motion into the mapmaking process, intimating the aspect of time in the exploration of geographical space. In fact, Neustetter’s art is about finding a method of referring to our experience of the coalescence of space and time.
On the last evening of Marcus Neustetter’s ascent of Kilimanjaro in December 2006 the night was so clear that the lights of the city of Moshi at the foot of the mountain seemed to be reflected in the stars in the sky above. The sky could as well have been a map of the landscape below. Neustetter generated digital maps of these reflections exploring the structural similarities of various spaces at specific times. In another, related series of work, Neustetter traces motion through space by holding a pen loosely in his hand while flying in a plane over various parts of South Africa.
In Art South Africa, Winter 2008, Robyn Sassen reviews Neustetter’s Gallery AOP show One Moment.