Weight of Fall (Waltz)


Opening reception: Thursday, March 4, 6–8PM

Eyebeam is pleased to present Weight of Fall (Waltz), a site-specific video installation created by Zerek Kempf for the Eyebeam window gallery. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, March 4, 6 – 8PM.  The work will be on view March 4 – 27. Installed in a street-level window, Kempf’s Weight of Fall (Waltz) erects obscuring materials that directly abut the glass: plywood, curtains, and styrofoam refuse viewing access to the space beyond the window. Kempf addresses the window’s four panels as individual units, splicing them together with a sculptural syntax that extends the logic, tricks, and techniques of film editing into the physical space of the installation.

Weight of Fall (Waltz) exploits the viewing constraints of the window to sculpturally reiterate the operative logic of the screen. Each of the installation’s four panels becomes the viewfinder of a camera, the rectangle of a monitor. Throughout the installation, Kempf addresses the dual function of such frames, using them both to bracket each scene and to address the perceptual void beyond their boundaries. This interplay between the visible and the hidden produces an elaborate choreography staged on the peripheries of spaces real, imagined, and perceived, and the space of cinematic illusion.
Weight of Fall (Waltz) is the first in a series of site-specific window gallery installations organized by Eyebeam alum Joe Winter. The next installation will open on April 29 and will be a collaboration between artists Adam Shecter and Ted Mineo.
Zerek Kempf received his MFA from University of California, San Diego and his BFA in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University.  He has been selected to attend residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Atlantic Center for the Arts. His work has been exhibited at X-Initiative, New York, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA;  Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Waag Society, Amsterdam, NL;  Fundación Sa Nostra, Mallorca, SP.  In 2009, Onestar Press published, “Having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds”, a collaborative book project with artist Joe Winter. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.