Vital Force

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Elan Vital/ Vital Force, 2009 Digital Cprint 44x44 © Sade studio 09
Vital Force
Curated by: Cynthia Reeves

Spheris Gallery 59 South Main Street
Hanover, NH 03755
February 21st, 2009 - March 31st, 2009
Opening: February 21st, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

United States
photography, video-art


Vital Force, (Elan Vital),2009

Shuli Sade, a New York based artist, will be exhibiting her work at Spheris Gallery from February 21st - March 31st. An artist’s reception will be

held on Saturday February 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The exhibition will comprise of several individual video based explorations. By its nature,Sade’s imagery suggests that ‘the infinite’ is contained in a moment - a moment in which innumerable instants define the perceptions of space and “duration.” Sad.’s inexact yet meticulous images expose how subjectivity prevails over linear time.

Dure. documents a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge, but transforms the filmic qualities into visually stunning meditations on the velocity of experience. An arresting arrangement of video stills, mounted onto units of square-foot Duraclear, Dure. refracts scenes from the bridge into atwo-fold array of high-contrast positive and negative images. The transparent images highlight the blurred demarcations of night/ day, familiar/ unfamiliar, remembered/ invented.

Sade’s video piece, Thinking in Time, re-instates the process of thought in her thesis. Seven video screens play manipulations of the same scene, shot every night through the same window for two consecutive summers. Unlike her earlier video where she travels to capture time in movement, she remains still, focused on a composition of a top of a tower. In this installation, she employs her signature color-coding language: green for the future, sepia for the past, and blue for, as she puts it, “an in-between,” or the perceived present. Along with projected sound, Thinking in Time’s screens allow the viewer further entr.e into Sad.’s determined representation of the facets of experience well beyond our usual vocabularies.

Through Dure.’s elegance and magnitude and Thinking in Time’s sensory expansiveness, the physical presence of Sad.’s vision makes manifest its conceptual foundations. In addition, Sad. has produced a series titled Vital Force, or what French philosopher Henri Bergson calls .lan vital, in which large scale images of vegetation are superimposed over blurred video stills of natural environments. The resulting effect is a riveting tension between the quietness of the background and the startling detail of the vegetation. Thus continuing her exploration into our perceptions of time, space and movement.

Shuli Sade. has been working with video combined with photographic work, arresting time in search for metaphors for the cycle of life. Sade received her B.F.A. in 1976 from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She continued her art studies in New York at the School of Visual Arts. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts visual arts fellowship, Her recent solo shows have appeared at Cynthia Reeves Gallery in New York, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery in SUNY Old Westbury (2008), the Hungarian Cultural Center, New York (2006), Kolok Gallery, in North Adams, MA (2006), and the Mead Museum, Amherst, MA (2003). Sad.'s work is included in numerous corporate and private collections.

Spheris Gallery 59 South Main Street Hanover, NH 03755 603-640-6155