The exhibition "The Land" by Yvette Brackman was shown 13 October 2001 - 6 January 2002
The artist Yvette Brackman (b. 1967) was born in New York City of Russian parents who emmigrated to the USA at the beginning of the 1960s. Her project in x-rummet starts out from Russian culture and history, with special interest in Siberia. Here, she has found examples of the changes which different circumstances and structures in a society undergo when the political or social situation is drastically changed – as has often been the case in Russia.
Yvette Brackman is fundamentally concerned with concepts such as flexibility, variability, mobility and adaptability. She has taken an interest in how things and structures survive and are carried on in new, changed and adjusted forms when their original basis is changed.
Yvette Brackman consciously attempts to endow her objects with multiple meanings. The elements in Land have a practical function: The tent and screen sculptures are used as the background for video projections; the constructions in metal tubing and semi-transparent materials can be dismantled, packed together or assembled in other ways for new purposes.
Alongside this very direct and functional aspect, the objects in the installation also act as works of art in a spatial, almost landscape arrangement. They form an installational whole that acts as a conceptual statement. In this way, the objects assume several meanings and refer to several contemporaneous frames of understanding. The flexible, dynamic relationship between function and idea, between object and work, is absolutely central to Yvette Brackman’s project.