March 11 - May 6, 2013
Daily beginning at 5:00 PM
HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, on the High Line at the 14th Street Passage
High Line Art is pleased to announce that Dutch artist Guido van der Werve will present his 2007 video Nummer negen, the day I didn’t turn with the world, on HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, a series of outdoor projections of art videos in the semi-enclosed passageway on the High Line at West 14th Street.
Guido van der Werve is known for stunningly poetic videos, which often portray desolated landscapes, melancholic subjects, and epic, at times humorous, journeys. Often accompanied by classical music, van der Werve’s videos are mesmerizing tableaux in which the artist touches upon issues of mortality, sublime beauty, and the impossible feat to defy the inexorable course of nature.
For the High Line, van der Werve presents Nummer negen, the day I didn’t turn with the world, a 9-minute video consisting of time-lapse photography taken over a 24-hour period at the North Pole. Depicting a large, barren landscape of icecaps and blue sky, the video immortalizes the artist slowly turning in the opposite direction of the earth’s rotation. The video is accompanied by soft melodic music composed and played by the artist, who is an accomplished classical pianist.
“Guido’s video is a contemporary update on the tradition of romantic landscape paintings,” says Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. “Just like in a beautiful 19th Century painting by Caspar David Friedrich, the individual is immersed in a sublime landscape, desperately trying to find his place in the universe.”
ABOUT GUIDO VAN DER WERVE
Guido van der Werve (b. 1977, The Netherlands) lives and works in Finland. Upcoming exhibitions include the 2013 Rotterdam Film Festival and the Wiener Secession in Fall 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Luhring Augustine, New York (2012); Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2009); Hayward Gallery, London (2008); and La Maison Rouge, la Vestibule, Paris (2008). Select group exhibitions include 100 Year of Performance, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston (2012), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010), Stoschnek Foundation, Dusseldorf (2009), and PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2009); Greater New York, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2010); and This World & Nearer Ones, Creative Time, New York (2009). Biennials and festivals include 18th Biennial of Sydney, Sydney (2012); 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); Festival of New Ideas, New Museum, New York (2011); Performa 11, New York (2011); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2010); Performa 09, New York (2009); and Torino Triennial, Torino (2008).
SUPPORT High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr., with additional funding provided by the Concordia Foundation, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.