Untitled Drama

Solo Exhibition, MELK, Oslo, Norway, 2012
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The essence in the work of Salto lies in the examination of potential content tied to the materiality of the medium
and the process tied to it.

In Untitled Drama Salto uses recycled images, portals and spiritism as a point of departure. Through his photographic work he emphasizes the mythology of the darkroom and the phenomenological experience of creating a space where human vision is dramatically weakened.

Yet his works are not so silent, dark and discursively neutral as one might think at first glance. Salto is attracted to theories and pseudo-scientific methods. The photograms in the series Abstract cloud, curved line, prism, nothing (2012) consist of shapes and objects exposed directly onto photographic paper in total darkness. The arrangement of the symbols is taken from a rigid mathematical system–misinterpreted as poetry–resulting in it degenerating, slipping outside the confines of a controlled experiement.

Salto thus proclaims the potential capabilities of the sense of perception in our meeting with his works: his dark photograms phenomenologically absorb us, drawing us into a realm of illusion where material has no physical substance yet hidden symbols and play with language occur.

Salto's works also challenge the notion of time and space. Temporality–and the understanding of human existence in time and space–is questioned through his use of photography and film. By using the body as material, as the hands in the double-exposed 8mm film Hands (2011), Salto insists on real physical presence despite the fact that the work is based on an illusion. The two hands never emerge neither in the same time nor space–they are two temporally selfcontained/separate images that delude the spectator to feel a physical relation between the two seeking hands. In the sense of perception, the distinction between bodily experience and the sublime is therefore eliminated.

Reviews (in norwegian) here at KunstKritikk
& at Kunstforum

Untitled Drama, Solo Exhibition, MELK, Oslo, Norway, 2012
Untitled Drama, Solo Exhibition, MELK, Oslo, Norway, 2012
Stills from Hands, double exposed 8mm black & white film transferred to HD
silent, dimensions variable, dur. 3:30 min loop, 2011
Untitled Drama, Solo Exhibition, MELK, Oslo, Norway, 2012
Abstract cloud, curved line, prism, nothing 24 Unique photograms on baryta paper, 4/ 65 x 76 cm, 2012
Abstract cloud, curved line, prism, nothing 24 Unique photograms on baryta paper, 4/ 65 x 76 cm, 2012
Untitled Drama, Solo Exhibition, MELK, Oslo, Norway, 2012
Untitled Drama, Solo Exhibition, MELK, Oslo, Norway, 2012
Stage set (for Untitled drama), 2012, digital video, silent, 3 min loop
Stills from Stage set (for Untitled drama), 2012, digital video, silent, 3 min loop