October 7 – November 6, 2011
•NOTE ON the fifth wall•
In his exhibition »NOTE ON the fifth wall« Daniel Müller-Friedrichsen refers to the parable The Mirror Image by the hasidic Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810). This parabel narrates about an artist who covers half of a room with reflective black pitch in order to mirror the other half. This reflection allows his work to always remain contemporary, as it reflects the space in front of it, at present. With painting, film and performance he creates a structure of entangled time layers, fantastic architecture, inner references intertwined with non-linear narratives.
In his new film The Fourth Wall (2011), a man reads from newspapers covering a shop window which is being renovated, while another one oscillates between interior and exterior spaces. Subtitles, directly addressing the viewers, are woven to unfold the tale The Mirror Image. The division between the viewers and the persons in the film dissolves because the pictures, the viewers and the reading man become connected. The title of the exhibition questions the role of the actors, the pictures and the interpreters and extends the space with a fifth dimension: the fifth wall.
Later the visitor is faced with an oil painting on glass. The work recalls the tradition of the invisible art of matte painting, which serves as an extension to the filmed scenery and reflects the imagination of the film makers. In these black paintings the artist increases this possibility to the infinite.
In his performance on Sunday, November, 6th at 4 pm Daniel Müller-Friedrichsen will act on the nonlinear structure of the film. The viewer experiences the various layers of time as imagined time, an illusion, which implies the potential of a perpetual now. Instead of a recorded time, the seen and the experienced gets staged as a lively memento which continuously provokes new performances.
Performance: Sunday, November 6, 2011, 4 pm