Through Austrian eyes
Roland Langitz expects his objects and performance work to be contemplated in depth. At Jacksue he is showing some small meditative combination prints and drawing fragments in red and black, he wish to rework and recover the moral and transcendental traces that remain in the tradition of European art even at its most pessimistic and postmodern. The videotape of the collaborative performance he undertook on a previous visit to Australia, has been carefully edited and processed to articulate each image as video, not merely performance documentary. Langitz makes clear that one does not make art only from media or techniques but from life and death issues such as our complete dependence on the natural world. One section of the video parallels the act of giving birth with the operation of a photocopier. Suprisingly, it does not collaps into farce but opens up the absolute terror that mechanical thinking still holds in wait for us.
David Bromfield " on show"
in The West Australian May 6, 2000
Dr. David Bromfield contributes regularly to state and national publications and frequently lectures and broadcasts on the visual arts around Australia. He was the former Haed of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia and for the last ten years he hase been an active participant in critical debate in the Australian art world. His work has appeared in the National Times, Art and Text, Praxis M, The Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian and The Age Monthly Review and Art Network. Before he migrated to Australia in 1980 he was a member of the Art Advisory Panel of the Arts Council of Great Britain and served on several regional committees. During this period he produced a major exhibition of the work of Atkinson Grimshaw with Alex Robertson of the Leeds Art Galleries.
art as a means of comment.....
From anicent times art has always reflected culture. This intrinsic beliefs and social issues of old are known to us now through the art of each civilication. This window in time gives us more than words describe life in any one age, it gives us a feeling of how people conducted their lives and how they felt towards each other. In recent times we have become more aware of art as a means of comment. Manet`s "Luncheon on the Grass" seems a worthy painting of preimpressionist style, but the mere fact that he placed an undraped woman adjacent to two men befitted in suits caused an outcry.
To gain an understanding of an artists intention, we must first discard our naturally conservative nature and open our eyes fully to the new and different. It is only when the artists message becomes garbled that we can be justified in complaint.
The first rule of any artists to be able to succesfully convey thoughs and emotion visually to the viewer. The power with wich this can be related is ever present in the work of Austrian born artist Roland C Langitz. His work radiates an energy and conviction that is very rarely seen. It is in fact a reflection of his life and personality.
Cover story of "The Artist`s Chronicle" monthly arts magazine for Western Australian. No 29".
The Funeral is termed Dance Theatre and promises a love story with a difference, indeed the range of dance forms and ideas span different cultures and embraces ideas with a multitude of meanings.
The production boasts elements of Japanese Butoh, Chinese Opera, Western Ballet and Balinese dance. It is part of the Artrage Festival and is being performed at the Swy Theatre from the 18 to 26 October. In meeting the two chief collaborators Sandy Muljadi (choreographer and dancer) and Roland C. Langitz (multi-media artist) there is a veritable hum of ideas, with a good dagree of passion thrown into the works.
The two young artists have under their belt an impressive list of archievements, exhibitions and projects; Muljadi is the founder of the Homeland Performance Group, while Langitz has more than twenty exhibitions from different countries to his name.
The Funeral uses five dancers and one actor to dramatically chronicle the frustration that occurs between the lovers as they try to come to terms with both their relationship and their cultural differences.
multicultural arts centre of western australia
Vol 11 No 9.Oktober 95