The exhibition Tappaa Aikaa –Killing Time is more than geometric objects on a canvas. As we walk around the installation, we experience the dynamic space that becomes the protagonist of our attention rather than the object itself. German Bernal Caicedo’s work is interactive, offering a new awareness of the reality we observe at first sight.
In A History of Eternity (oil and acrylic on canvas), also the title of one of Jorge Luis Borges’ books in which he maps out his disarmingly empty version of the eternal, we see how the writer has influenced the artist at the time of conceiving his work.
“All the titles are connected with a circular concept,” says Caicedo. The wooden sculpture FIN connects different planes. The White House is a white drawing on a black background. “This is my statement of what is happening in America,” he says.
Tappaa Aikaa, the main installation, literally means Killing Time. “What I mean by it is to dissolve the meaning of time to become aware of space. For me, killing time is to stop worrying about time and focus on what is happening around us,” Caicedo says.
The artist wants the viewer to take time off from the fast, busy life we live to see what the installation is about and says: “We are living in this fast world and life is so short. We have the tendency to be superficial, we need to be deeper, more focused,” and continues: “With this work I didn’t want to create objects or create paintings, but to show that when you move you see things from a different perspective, you see that things can change.”
Susan Fourtane – HT
Killing Time at Jangva Galleria
until 4 January.