Christian Ehrentraut

Sue De Beer

14 Jan - 10 Mar 2012

© Sue de Beer
the ghosts
2-channel video, ca. 30 min., 2011 (filmstill)
the ghosts
14 January - 10 March 2012

We are pleased to invite you to „The Ghosts“, Sue de Beer's first solo exhibition at Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, on January 13th.

“The Ghosts” is a two-channel video, taking the form of an Italian “giallo” film. It tells the story of a hypnotist who retrieves lost lengths of time from peoples’ memories and returns them to the patient as if they are experiencing those moments anew. The hypnotist, played by the artist Jutta Koether, has developed a method that allows her to dive into the deepest parts of the human mind and find the ghosts hidden there.

The film's main male character is a money manager on Wall Street, played by musician Jon Spencer. He has become addicted to the hypno-therapy and dreams of a beautiful elusive woman – but somehow this fantasy becomes uncontrollable. He keeps going back to the hypnotist, trying to have this vision stay, and to retain the fantasy’s sublime nature, but often in vain.

The video installation, presented in a comfortable viewing environment with soft carpet and soft seating, will be completed by two sculptural works: „The Fountain“ is an altered praxinoscope. A central column in the shape of a dodecagon reflects the panoramic landscape of a glacier in Antarctica also invoked by the hypnotist in the film. The landscape telescopes time and vision, moving the viewer closer and farther away as they move around the object. An untitled screen installation blocks and filters light, hereby reproducing the lighting effects from de Beer's visually intense films in a sculptural form.

Sue de Beer was born in 1973 and studied at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design, NY. She exhibited in numerous international institutions and museums including the New Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the ZKM Karlsruhe and the Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt. Kunst Werke Berlin showed he solo exhibition "Hans und Grete" in 2005. De Beer’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum for and the Brooklyn Museum. De Beer lives and works in New York City.

Tags: Sue de Beer, Jutta Koether