visual artist and performer

Fossil movements

text by Tobias Ostrander

In recent years the work of Galia Eibenschutz (Mexico, 1970) has been distilled into two related practices, drawing and performance. She sees these two aesthetic forms as intimately intertwined. Multiple manifestations of time, movement and mark are articulated within this body of work.

The drawings presented in this gallery form a part of a larger project that has included a one-night performance, involving loosely choreographed movement and drawing within the white-cube space of the "Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros. These drawings ask to be recognized as registrars of the artists movements, recording the rhythms and energies involved in the creation of the diverse marks they display. Landscape is the subject of these works, with landscape being seen in itself the result of various kinds of movements, evidencing multiple temporal progressions. Seismic time, the slow shifting of tectonic plates and the melting of glaciers have created the view of the land that we see at any given time. Other, more immediate occurrances, such as earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions, additionally mark the land.

 These topics are represented within these works on paper. Several display repetitive, aggressive mark making, evidencing rapid movements in their creation, while others are more meticulous and slow. Two of the drawings are what Eibenschutz calls film drawings, which were created as part of an animation, recording her body both creating the drawings and making various alterations to them. These works in charcoal reveal erasures, with the debris of the eraser left clinging to the surface of the paper. Within the geological images created, these subtractions evoke the erosions inflicted upon the landscape by water or wind, over thousands of years.

Fossils, referred to in the exhibitions title, represent frozen moments in time, elements held for centuries within strata of the earth. Permanence as apparent stasis, impermanence as implied movement and the layering and marking of these various temporalities are at the core of this aesthetic project.