January 14 - March 10, 2012
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Borrowing from and building on musical terminology, Franz Jantzen plays with form. Ostinato is the repetition of a note in music, or more broadly repetition of a motif or phrase wherein no element is more important than any other. It is the whole, it is the repetition of the whole- the mirroring, examining, and together the synthesis of the whole that is important. Jantzen applies Ostinato to visual language through the eye of the camera.
Taking many, sometimes hundreds, of images from a single point through camera rotation Jantzen's approach is both obsessive and magic. With tributes to cubism frames push, pull, twist, and contort. At times the final image is easily stitched together by the viewer, while in other works we are required to work a little harder and a little longer to reconfigure the deconstruction.
Works like Study No. 45 of a packaged meal, we wonder perhaps if we are on an airplane with clouds floating overhead and a clear cup held in hand, are obsessive and satisfying fragments of space. Product No. 1 of a Campbells Soup box has several layers of humor and reference to art history- from cardboard Cubist constructions to Warhol's famed paintings- yet it stands on its own and delights viewers.
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Review in the Washington Post