LIKE A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: ESTHER TEICHMANN’S HEAVY THE SEA AT TRANSFORMER STATION
One of the things people say in describing the magnificence of opera is that it combines all art forms. We think of it as a musical experience, and we remember the composers, but it is also visual, theatrical, dramatic, poetic, sometimes even including dance, and no single component delivers the whole experience.
Esther Teichmann’s Heavy the Sea, on view now through April 30 at Transformer Station is primarily visual, and it doesn’t have a singer, but it does weave tragic tales in prose and poetry, and it does come with music composed as a part of the exhibit, performed live several times by the quartet Opus 216 throughout its run at Transformer Station. The exhibit in Cleveland is Teichman’s first solo show in the US.
The title of this exhibition refers to the 1954 science fiction film THEM! and celebrates the notion of the rebellious and experimental nature of the artist. It is also an admiring nod to the 1968 Japanese science fiction film Destroy All Monsters which lent its name to the 1973 Detroit anti-rock band formed by artists Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw. It embraces a time, both past and present, that recognizes artists who are equally passionate about sound and image.
Photographs by Mark Schwartz with apologies to Larry Fink.