Andréhn-Schiptjenko is pleased to present Dana-Fiona Armour's very first solo exhibition to open the fall 2021 season. The opening will take place on Thursday 2 September between 6 and 8 pm.
Armour, born 1988 in Willich, Germany, studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, from which she graduated in 2019. In the age of bio-editing and the Object-oriented Ontology movement–movement that can be summed up as a school of thought that rejects the privilege of human existence over the existence of non-human objects–it imagines a hybridisation between the human and the object. By wishing to put the human and the object on the same level, Armour creates hybrids where the organic blends with the rigid forms of minimalism and conceptual art. Her work could also be characterised by a fusion of medicine, science and art - she has in fact collaborated with researchers and doctors on some of her projects.
The exhibition is comprised of a number of separate pieces but will also have the character of installation. A central piece of the exhibition will be the marble circle suspended in the middle of the room, 1.45m in diameter and perfectly matching the extent of the artist's skin.
By putting materiality in the foreground, the exhibition also consists of works in artificial silicone skins, hugging polished stainless-steel bars and thus draping their supple and soft surfaces around the curves of the cold, surgical bars. A third kind of works–growths of sorts–made of soapstone and exhibiting a surface as smooth as skin after long hours of sanding, punctuates the gallery space.
Is art, as a whole, in itself a dead element inserted into the life of human society? This is a profound question, which Armour attempts to answer by emphasising calcification or crystallisation as a tool for producing forms. Either way, her work fits in well with the urgency of the Anthropocene, offering a hybrid landscape in which human, animal and mineral intertwine –there could be nothing more realistic.
Extract from the text by Nicolas Bourriaud accompanying the exhibition.
With the support of Centre national des arts plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts), France.
Press release courtesy Andréhn-Schiptjenko.
Dana-Fiona Armour graduated from the École National des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2019. At the age of bio-editing and the Object Oriented Ontology movement – a movement that can to be summed up as a school of thought which rejects the privilege of human existence over the existence of non-human objects - she imagines a hybridisation between the human...