'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
Still from Troika | ‘Testing Time’ | OMR via Vimeo.
Water, electronics, LEDs
Testing Time is an installation in which a stream of water is brought to a halt, and time is visibly broken into distinct instances. In their first incorporation of water in a sculptural form, Troika subvert the element's innate indifference to human presence, disrupting its potential force by negating its natural momentum. This form of intervention was developed and replicated in a larger scale in Limits of a Known Territory (2015), a site-specific installation in which multiple streams of water are choreographed to behave in unfamiliar and illogical ways.
Troika is made up of Eva Rucki (b. 1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (b. 1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (b. 1977, France) who have worked together as an artist trio since 2003. With a particular interest in perception and spatial experience, their works manipulate our understanding of the world and question the certitude of knowledge constructs.
As Troika experiments with new ideas and processes, the artists work across media including light, soot, water, dice and electricity. Exploring ideas around man made structures, control, repetitive actions and systems and how these coincide, conflict, or unite with the unpredictable and unknowable, Troika’s work often presents a double, deceptive nature - at once deliberate and spontaneous, calculated and random.
Since establishing the studio in 2003 Troika’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions at institutions such as: the Vasarely Foundation, Aix en Provence (2016), the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe (2015 and 2013), the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2015), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2015), Centre PasquArt, Biel/Bienne (2015), Drawing Room, London (2015), Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2015), the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2009), the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), the MoMA New York (2008), Tate Britain, London (2007). Their work is represented in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, British Council, The Art Institute of Chicago, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art New York. In 2014 Troika was selected to present their work Dark Matter at Unlimited, Art Basel.
Recent solo exhibitions include Everything is and isn't at the same time, at Galerie Huit, Hong Kong (18 Mar. - 6 May 2016), Limits of a known territory at NC-Arte, Bogota, Colombia (13 Jun. - 5 Sept. 2015), Cartography of Control at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (10 Jan. - 7 Feb. 2015), Persistent Illusions - Troika's first solo show in Asia - at the Daelim Museum, Seoul, Korea (10 April 2014 – 12 Oct 2014) and The far Side of Reason, OMR, Mexico City, Mexico (April – June 2013).
February 6th–May 9th, 2018Mecánica de lo inestable presents two recent groups of sculptural works by Jose Dávila. The title of the exhibition works as a haiku, demonstrating the conflictive relationship between juxtaposed systems. Dávila claims that a moving structure maintains a sense of order in what seems unstable but still belongs to the realm...
An introspective James Turrell invites you to surrender under the immateriality of light with "Gathered Sky," a spellbinding permanent installation in Beijing's Temple Hotel. Three decades after turning the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in Arizona, into a celestial work of art that was recently exhibited at the Guggenheim and Los...
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