Jani Ruscica:
Conversation in Pieces (Pt. 1)

Artist page

Screen Test for a Living Sculpture
2012
multi-channel monitor installation
three 1 min loops
in collaboration with Sini Pelkki
commissioned by Creative Time and MoMAPS1 for MTV’s Art Breaks

Jani Ruscica (born 1978) is an artist whose works explore the layers of representing place.

The properties of place can be defined with the means of language, sound and image in a work of art. Although Ruscica appears to take these means of expression to their extremes, the properties of place are not, however, exhaustively addressed in this manner; something will always remain in a blind spot, unverified and unspecified.

The artist’s new video piece “10-minute display of unparalleled grandeur” is a dialogue of these different means of expression or “languages”. Each one of them seeks to pass on the experience of three-dimensionality: language richly describing the colours and forms of natural phenomena; music imitating the sounds of nature; and images seeking via stereoscopy and 3D simulation to provide the most three-dimensional picture possible of the represented places.

While aiming at the most perfect representation possible with various means of expression, Ruscica also accepts the presence of mediating factors in the artwork. In fact, he aims at it. For example, images photographed through a stereoscope are blurry, because the stereoscope is meant for the human eye and not for the lens of a camera.

In Ruscica’s new works, the main aspect is the relationship of the image with three-dimensionality, even sculpturality. The new works are located in space as installations, taking on three-dimensional form, and even the images of the video works relate to sculpturality and the mediation of the three-dimensional experience.

During the exhibition Galerie Anhava will publish Jani Ruscica: Anecdoctal, the first monograph to appear on the work of the artist.

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2013
Installation view of the exhibition

(from left to right)

The Light Is Pale And Thin, 2013
scanned collage
printed on Hahnemühle paper
76,5 x 185,5 cm

Fields of Cotton Look Wintery White, 2013
76,5 x 180 cm

Watch Her Move in Elliptical Patterns, 2013
76,5 x 197 cm

I Am Neon Signs on Your Street, 2013
76,5 x 187 cm

Screen Test for a Living Sculpture
2012
multi-channel monitor installation
three 1 min loops
in collaboration with Sini Pelkki
commissioned by Creative Time and MoMAPS1 for MTV’s Art Breaks

Installation view

Foghorn
2013
3D animation, stereo sound, scaffolding, flat screen
10 min. loop

3D animation by Gabriel de la Cruz

Installation view of the exhibition

Foghorn
2013
3D animation, stereo sound
10 min. loop
3D animation: Gabriel de la Cruz

10 Minute Display of Unparalleled Grandeur
2013
HD video, stereo sound
10 min.

10 Minute Display of Unparalleled Grandeur
2013
HD video, stereo sound
10 min.

10 Minute Display of Unparalleled Grandeur
2013
HD video, stereo sound
10 min.