Set, installation view, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 2010
From August 28 through October 16, 2010 Kuckei + Kuckei presents Oliver van den Berg‘s new work „Set“. For this exhibition, van den Berg transformed the gallery into a kind of ersatz film set. Purposefully distributed replicas of recording devices, dollies, carts, and lighting equipment mimic the setup of a film or television crew, perhaps filming a documentary in the gallery. Van den Berg’s works derive their uncanny presence from the tension that arises between form and function, between mass-produced original and handcrafted copy. As one looks closer, however, the set-up’s artifice becomes apparent. There is no “real” object at the center of this hypothetical stage. In van den Berg’s gallery-as-location shoot, it is the space, the visitor, and indeed the objects themselves that are the actors.
Earlier this year, Oliver van den Berg‘s installation „Set“ was presented by the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, Michigan (UMMA), curated by Jacob Proctor. Currently a catalogue is beeing published on behalf of the exhibition.