TO THE LIMELIGHT –
To the limelight –
Series of self-portraits with defining objects or while an important daily action, put under the lights. A collection of videos from 2004 – 06 and a first-time-showing of painting works from 2017 – 18, (acrylic and oil-crayons on paper, wood and canvas).
‘With these works I’m looking into lights, stage lights.. the lamps themselves, and the grid they are hanging from. But especially how it feels to stand on stage-center right under the blinding lights, in their hugging flame. It’s hot and you don’t see a thing! .. yet you are seen so brightly and to a distance… but all the audience can see, in fact, is just a heightened illusion created by those lights. So you become a clear but flattened image of yourself, a portrait of an idea or a character reflecting the audiences own fantasy. Playing around with appearing and disappearing and the general craving to move between hiding and the limelight.. that’s what its all about.. a poetic endeavor to be seen and hidden and seen and hidden and seen and hidden’
On the stage or under the lights
‘To The Limelight’ covers a decade of theatrical self-portraits in video and painting from performance artist Anat Stainberg. Her early self-portrait videos (as early as 2004) are an ‘early bird’ YouTube selfies from a pre I-phone era. Where the video camera functions as a whiteness, testimonial, trigger and proof to the mundane procedures of a person, or is she a character.. and put them on the stage or under the lights.
Stainberg’s painting work (2017 – 18) is the next generation of the same conceptual approach, evolved over time and transformed to fit her contemporary aesthetic and social construction.
Her drawings and paintings include collages of emotions, philosophy and observations on daily routine of an actress, a lover, a friend, a businesswoman, a comedian, a mother, a wife, a woman. She is experimenting with the content as well as painting technics and the form of the frame. Keeping all ingredients of her art constantly in movement, Anat wants to touch or tickle the spectator. When you feel the light, you know what she means..
Dr. Martina Tritthart, artist and curator, 2018
Especially for Sternstudio gallery space:
Self Portrait video mix