Author: Rainald Schumacher --- Date: 10/26/95 --- Copyright: ThingReviews NYC

Michael Joo
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
September 30 - November 11, 1995

Bang your head to this. Michael Joo jumping on a trampoline in a sportive white dress endlessly trying to bang his head to a red/orange square piece of clay fixed to the ceiling. The ceiling in the gallery is too low for this high jumping artist so he had to waste his calories and energy before in a New York loft. The video taken from above at the ceiling is projected onto a trampoline, the piece of clay is fixed at the ceiling of the gallery and it shows the marks where his head banged into the soft mass. Photographs taken during his jumps display the amount of calories you could spend in a lifetime, in a second, on what? Bang your head to what, to the rhythm of the artscene? Horizontal fixed supporting posts are pressing a poster of Bruce Lee to the wall lighted from behind. If the light is out you only see the white backside of the poster. Bruce Lee the weightless flying miracle fixed to the wall - back to earth. What are we doing in lifetime? Eating, accumulating energy to waste energy, making some imprints with our heads struggling hard for this. Or are we just flying against all rules of gravity? The photographs at least show Michael Joo in this moment between ceiling and trampoline. Who cares how much energy you have to spend for that moment? Bang your head.

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