is an Austrian painter based in New York and Vienna who is also a Professor of Painting at University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.
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 am attempting 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 ‘the cinema is truth at 24 frames per second”. I am interested in what happens when the temporality of cinema/reality is interrupted and explored with marks of paint. I am photographing 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.”–Judith Eisler, 2014
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