Magazine article Artforum International

Bojan Sarcevic: Le Credac

Magazine article Artforum International

Bojan Sarcevic: Le Credac

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Bojan Sarcevic has made several videos, but never before has he used moving images to shake up the ground beneath his sculptural practice, which, until now, has had the peculiarity of tight, precise construction. Curved crumpled sheets of copper, a bare twig, two-plane angular forms in Plexiglas, two-plane forms in torn sheets of wood veneer, rectilinearly bent brass rods, construction paper, simple angular mat-board structures, concrete fragments, and a piece of raw meat--his five arrangements of these small objects for the series "Only After Dark," 2007, could never plausibly be presented as sculpture. Mostly perched upright and freestanding, these various elements would inch out of place or fall over at a sneeze. And yet these arrangements are presented distinctly as sculpture here on film. The camera explores these static elements from near and far, and from different angles, allowing us to contemplate their exquisite formal qualities and spatial relations. Because the objects were set up specifically for the camera, as implied by the plain photo backdrop on which each group stands, all thought of their imminent deterioration is dislodged and unloaded onto the film medium, which, intrinsically, is damaged with every showing.

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"Only After Dark" is a series of five works, each comprising a roughly two-minute 16-mm film projected from an open-structure pavilion. There is something absurd and matryoshka-like about the five projection pavilions arranged in Le Credac's three elongated, sloping exhibition spaces (originally built as movie theaters but never used as such). A vitrine built into each structure showcases a 16-mm projector, and speakers are embedded in the ceiling. Though on a loop, the film plays through only once; the viewer can then either activate it again (via a sensor) or activate the next piece in the same room, an apt reply to the problem of showing film in an exhibition space. …

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