Michael Wildmann / Group XII, Apr 01 - Sept 01
9/21/01 to 10/28/01
MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A at the Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA
The exhibition offered a multiplicity of viewpoints for regarding the Los Angeles cityscape as seen in the work of David Hullfish Bailey, Kaucyila Brooke, Robbert Flick, Barbara Kaucky, Richard Sparham and Elizabeth Hesik, Dorit Margreiter, Florian Pumhösl and Martha Stutteregger, and Michael Wildmann. Just as each individual’s perspective is unique and no single outlook tells the whole story, the exhibition title, 20/35 Vision—the average of each contributor’s eyesight—represented the un-ideal vision of any singular view of the city.
With his video installation "Stop and Go," Michael Wildmann approached the city as a biological organism, viewing traffic corridors as veins for life in motion. Typical urban structures and suburban sprawl were recorded from different views and at a variety of speeds. The "genetics" of settlements were analyzed, reproduced, and newly assembled as Wildmann searched for the DNA that grew a perfect city. The installation experimented with these idealized pictures of urban spaces and the psychic reactions they engender.