Tobias Rehberger

Jack Lemmon's Legs and Other Libraries

April 28 - May 3, 2000

26 Wooster Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Opening reception: Friday, April 28, 6-8 pm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition of work by Tobias Rehberger. The opening reception is Friday, April 28 from 6 to 8 pm.

Tobias Rehberger's work consistently endeavors to disorient the viewer's perspective of familiar environments and practical objects through a manipulation of space, light, and utilitarian design elements. In Jack Lemmon's Legs and Other Libraries, Rehberger constructs an elaborate system of shelving niches to encase thirty-three televisions and seventeen VCRs. Each concealed television shows one of seventeen different video libraries which "catalogue" seventeen types of occurrences. The video compilations consist of such circumstances and actions as cutting (trees, meat, skin), hitting (Joan Crawford slapping someone, apples falling from trees and hitting the ground, cars hitting walls), running chickens, Tom Cruise jumping, and scenes featuring Jack Lemmon's legs. Collectively, these fragments offer a visual, absurd anthology of the world according to Rehberger.

Recessed into shelves, the television screens are not visible—all that can be seen is the flickering light thrown off by the screens. Rehberger displaces the conventional utilization of the television thus heightening the tension between the functional aspect of the object and its aesthetic qualities.

Tobias Rehberger has upcoming solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Frac Nord-Pas de Calais in Dunkerque. His work is also currently on view in Against Design at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.
For further information, please contact the gallery at info@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.


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  • 1 / 17
    Joan Crawford Slapping Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 2 televisions, 1 VCR
    86.61 x 43.31 x 15.75 inches
  • 2 / 17
    Skin Penetration Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 1 television, 1 VCR
    118.11 x 31.5 x 15.75 inches
  • 3 / 17
    Buildings Collapsing Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 2 televisions, 1 VCR
    106.3 x 47.24 x 15.75 inches
  • 4 / 17
    Tom Cruise Jumping Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 3 televisions, 1 VCR
    90.55 x 82.68 x 15.75 inches
  • 5 / 17
    Impact Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 1 integrated television/VCR
    118.11 x 31.5 x 15.75 inches
  • 6 / 17
    Applause Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 2 televisions, 1 VCR
    86.61 x 43.31 x 15.75 inches
  • 7 / 17
    Running Chickens Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 1 integrated television/VCR
    118.11 x 27.56 x 15.75 inches
  • 8 / 17
    Rage Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 1 integrated television/VCR
    106.3 x 47.24 x 15.75 inches
  • 9 / 17
    Cutting Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 1 integrated television/VCR
    125.98 x 39.37 x 15.75 inches
  • 10 / 17
    Monsters Triumphing Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 4 televisions, 1 VCR
    82.68 x 90.55 x 15.75 inches
  • 11 / 17
    Jack Lemmon's Legs Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 2 televisions, 1 VCR
    118.11 x 31.5 x 15.75 inches
  • 12 / 17
    Trees Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 2 televisions, 1 VCR
    129.92 x 19.69 x 15.75 inches
  • 13 / 17
    Pouring Alcohol Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 1 integrated television/VCR
    106.3 x 47.24 x 15.75 inches
  • 14 / 17
    Smoking Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 2 televisions, 1 VCR
    106.3 x 47.24 x 15.75 inches
  • 15 / 17
    Counting Money Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 3 televisions, 1 VCR
    98.43 x 55.12 x 15.75 inches
  • 16 / 17
    Climbing Ladders Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 2 televisions, 1 VCR
    129.92 x 19.69 x 15.75 inches
  • 17 / 17
    Pushing Supermarket Carts Library
    2000
    MDF, paint, 3 televisions, 1 VCR
    98.43 x 55.12 x 15.75 inches