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  • Judith Eisler

The reality I investigate is one that is mediated through screens and layers of technological interference. I describe something that is recognizable, but my primary concern is to understand how the abstractions inherent in the process determine the structure of an image. The indexical version of photographic reality is transformed as the painting uncovers unexpected narratives that exist within an image.

Cinema is an illusion that we accept as an alternative reality. It is a device that can transform the spectator, shape our vision and identity, and is part of a shared culture. By pausing the narrative and isolating moments, I attempt to understand what we are seeing: straight lines do not exist, form wavers and blurs, but still, something is seen that we denote as being "real."

Working with the pause button and a camera, I look for a precise instant that embodies an action, an emotion, and a psychological tension. Godard said that "the cinema is truth at 24 frames per second."1 I am interested in what happens when the temporality of cinema/reality is interrupted and explored with marks of paint.

I photograph paused images of staged realities as they appear in a cinematic narrative on a monitor. I then make paintings of the resulting perceptual phenomena. I am not interested in the linear narrative that exists in the film, nor the linear perspective. I am concerned with the narrative that develops within the frame of the painting. [End Page 122]


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Judith Eisler

BILLIE HOLIDAY, 2020

Oil on canvas 59 x 47 1/4" / 150 x 120 cm

Photo: Jason Wyche

@Judith Eisler

Image courtesy artist and Casey Kaplan, New York


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FAYE, 2020

Oil on canvas 59 x 47 1/4" / 150 x 120 cm

Photo: Jason Wyche

@Judith Eisler

Image courtesy artist and Casey Kaplan, New York


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THREE WOMEN, 2019

Oil on canvas 59 x 47 1/4" / 150 x 120 cm

Photo: Jason Wyche

@Judith Eisler

Image courtesy artist and Casey Kaplan, New York


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RED ANNA, 2019

Oil on canvas 58 x 76" / 147.32 x 193.04 cm

Photo: Jason Wyche

@Judith Eisler

Image courtesy artist and Casey Kaplan, New York


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SISTERS, 2019

Oil on canvas 120 x 150 cm

Photo: Jason Wyche

@Judith Eisler

Image courtesy artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

Judith Eisler
Email: juditheisler@gmail.com
Website: https://www.juditheisler.com/

Notes

1. Jean-Luc Godard, Le Petit Soldat. Georges de Beauregard, 1963.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6539
Print ISSN
0300-7162
Pages
pp. 122-123
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-19
Open Access
No
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