For the work Drums Pedersen samples Justin Timberlake’s track Like I Love You utilizing an iconic break in the middle of the pop song’s climax. Like I Love You follows the usual two-part construction of —melody and lyrics—however Pederson’s interest is not their harmonious relationship but Timberlake’s gesture of speaking to the melody and thus recognizing the songs internal structure. In only sampling a vacant space embedded between the parts of the song, then looping the selected section, Pederson provides an infinite break that relieves the musical component from the song; allowing the viewer to consider the integral modes of presentation rather than the music.
The video Flashmaster is a looped rendering of a bodybuilder bench-pressing his maximum weight. The action is never completed as Pedersen edits out the extension leaving the man in a state of unsettled equilibrium. The artist’s interest in bodybuilding stems from the sports relationship to forms of abstract art. A critique of abstraction is that it is essentially about nothing as it speaks an insular language that’s self-perpetuated by its practitioners. Similarly this can be related to the formal consideration of a bodybuilder’s body as containing a type of beauty that is subjected to the knowledge and practice of a fellow bodybuilder.
Talk Show Excerpt takes form as a scripted re-presentation of a Norwegian talk show. Pedersen returns this popular television show to its preliminary scripted state whilst further exaggerating the innate “dry” tone of the dialogue by means of editing the selected section. This gesture of sampling, editing, and re-presenting is coherent between each of the works; provoking an unavoidable relationship between each of the pieces as well as an objective monotony within the gallery space. As Pedersen consistently reveals the inner-workings of his mediums he further puts into question the assumed narrative structures of his selected subjects.
Curated by Joshua Bartholomew and Robin Selk
30 mai 2009
14:00 - 18:00
The Helen Pitt Gallery
Artist Run Centre Established 1975
Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 5pm
Wednesday 1 to 7pm
Free admission Everyone welcome
102-148 Alexander Street
V6A 1B5 Canada