Claude Wampler

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 May 3, 2003 - May 31, 2003

“vive la france”

Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present "vive la france" - an exhibition of new works by Claude Wampler. Wampler’s show consists of a series of paintings
and murals, a video, and a group of objects. In her installations technology is used to create surprising, magical results. Continuing her exploration of the visible vs. invisible and presence vs. absence, the artist employs lighting effects which illuminate or disappear content, questioning the value of access and consumption of images.

As an extension of her live performance work, Wampler is re-assigning the task of choreography to the objects themselves resulting in a destabilization of the traditional relationship between art and it’s audience.

The artist’s 2000 exhibition at the gallery “Painting, the movie” translated film experience into visual installation. Similarly, “vive la france” turns dance (represented
by stills from two choreographed sequences) into dynamic re-creation of movement.

This is Claude Wampler's fourth solo show with Postmasters.

Over the past few years Wampler has completed a commissioned installation and video project for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and a new work for the theater, Present Absence, which premiered at the Kunstenfestival des Arts in Brussels at Kaaistudios. A solo show of her visual work was exhibited in Los Angeles at Richard Telles Fine Art, and in New York she staged a window installation, Bad Job/Cruel World: Stupidity 2001, Part II, US$700 Stunt with Wedgy, for the New Museum for Contemporary Art, as well as a performance/lecture, Richard Wampler, for The Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2002 Wampler created an installation/performance piece, Ambulance, at Diverse Works in Houston and a commissioned large-scale project, Infiltration, for the Museumsquartier in Vienna. She participated in media city seoul 2002 in Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea. Most recently Claude Wampler mounted three new exhibitions: denislavant in Paris at Menagerie de Verre, Song and Dance (and a good movie) in Lisbon at the Gulbenkian Foundation Center of Modern Art, and Strategies for Stagefright at the Vooruit Arts Center in Gent, Belgium. Song and Dance (and a good movie) was later re-configured for the Rotterdam Film Festival and presented at T.E.N.T./Witte de Witt. This January she finished a new work, Stable (Stupidity Project Part 10), produced by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts which premiered at Performance Space 122 in New York.