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The title of this exhibition\, with its sur realist conjoining of culinary terms\, may call to mind one of Robert Bress on’s better-known claims: that the task of cinema is to “bring together thi ngs that have never been brought together and did not seem predisposed to b e so.” Or we may recall Man Ray’s account of the making of his first film: “On some strips [of celluloid] I sprinkled salt and pepper\, like a cook pr eparing a roast.” There is a similar culinary spirit that supplies the sens uousness of many of Amy Granat’s experiments with photography and film. Tra ined as a painter\, Granat has been noted for the physicality of her filmic inventions—for her way of scratching directly into the film strip\, or pai nting it\, or spilling chemicals onto her prints to produce strange shapes and forms that together situate her poetics in the interplay light\, color\ , texture\, and surface. We get a taste of that here\, in the selection of ten unique black and white photographs constructed in the darkroom with org anic objects\, chemical spills\, and the enlarged fragments of destroyed fi lms. Produced in total darkness\, without the usual red light to guide the way\, their compositional arrangements are the result of blind touch. In th e gallery\, viewers can look at them or through them\, stand above them or behind them: one indication that this show is concerned not only with the b ody\, but with the conflicted ways of looking.

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The heart of the exhibition is an installation of three new 16mm film portrait s of animals and landscapes which show us a different side of Granat’s prac tice\, one that is more gentle in its mode of address\, even serene. Unlike the more frenetic rhythms of her early\, abstract films\, this new body of work derives from the lineage of the Lumières—here\, the camera lingers on its subjects with a sense of solicitude. Again though\, when read laterall y as a unit\, this is a work concerned with the problems that the act of lo oking can pervade.

Jonathan Thomas

DTEND:20130119 DTSTAMP:20140712T033416 DTSTART:20121110 GEO:52.52766;13.41023 LOCATION:Galerie Kamm\,Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 45 \nBerlin\, 10178 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: COWFINGERS AND MOSQUITOPIE\, Amy Granat UID:245580 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121109T210000 DTSTAMP:20140712T033416 DTSTART:20121109T180000 GEO:52.52766;13.41023 LOCATION:Galerie Kamm\,Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 45 \nBerlin\, 10178 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: COWFINGERS AND MOSQUITOPIE\, Amy Granat UID:245581 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR