Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present works by British Canadian artist Angela Bulloch at the seventh edition of Art021 Contemporary Art Fair in Shanghai this November. The booth is a combination of 'Night Sky' works, sculptures, a Paravent and a wall painting.
The 'Night Sky' works are made from three dimensional maps of the universe, giving us views of well-known constellations from ordinarily unreachable positions. The mathematical systems so often at the heart of the artist's work, suggest that all is not as it seems. The arrangement of the points of light in each panel of a 'Night Sky', with pulsing stars and winking far away worlds, recreates a particular view of a planet or a constellation taken from a vantagepoint deep into the universe, far from earth. 'Night Skies' re-imagine the familiar patterns of the stars which we see from earth, and in this reimagining, suggest our own ability to shift from the real to the virtual realm and to experience that which we can never really see. Most notably, theanyspacewhatever (2008) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim New York presented Firmamental Night Sky: Oculus.12 (2008), an architectural intervention which opened to a constant view of a spectacular Night Sky, suspended within the famous Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda.
Bulloch's sculptures and wall paintings manifest her interest in systems, patterns and rules, as well as the creative territory between mathematics and aesthetics. The totemic form of Bulloch's rhomboid sculptures suggests a similar oscillation between virtual and real space, from a digital origin—inside a 3D drawing application—to an analogue materiality. Conceived and designed within a digital imaging programme, the reductive geometric forms of the sculptures have a retro-futurity, borne of the digital realm yet recalling the classical 'Modernism of Brancusi's Endless Column'. The colours of its facets create an illusionistic flatness which transports the viewer back into a virtual space. As in the 'Night Sky' works, the generation of forms, from a digital geometric origin, creates a sense of displacement—a sense that the physical materiality of the work is a product of a geometric concept and could at any point evaporate back into the notional world of the artist's imagination.
The idiosyncratic physical geometry of the sculptures are suggestive of the anthropomorphic qualities we subconsciously attribute to inanimate objects, creating an intriguing paradox in the nuanced interrelation between elements of the human and non-living world. Like the human condition changing through the development of new interfaces continuously taking on a more traceable volume as an immaterial entity, these forms transgress both digital and physical space. The irregularity of the totem-like sculptures and the fluctuating nature of the paravent animates the surfaces of the sculptures and engages the visitor.
Simon Lee 画廊荣幸宣布将携英国-加拿⼤艺术家安杰拉．布洛克（Angela Bulloch）参展第七届ART021 上海廿⼀当代艺术博览会，此次展位将呈献其多重媒介创作—包括"夜空"（Night Sky）系列、雕塑、屏⻛和墙⾯绘画等作品。
"夜空"系列的创作基于宇宙三维地图，它从我们平时难以到达的位置展⽰了⼈们众所周知的星座。布洛克的作品通常以数学系统为核⼼，向我们揭⽰了所⻅并⾮皆真实的道理。在"夜空"中每⼀块嵌板上布置的点状光，呈现了脉冲星和遥远世界的光亮，重现了从远离地球的宇宙深处观察到的特定⾏星或星座的景观。"夜空"系列对我们所熟悉的、从地球上看到的星空展开重新想象，这⼀想象暗⽰了我们有能⼒从真实世界转移到虚拟世界中，去体验那些我们原本永远⽆法看⻅的事物。其中，最为⼈所熟知的是曾在纽约所罗⻔·R·古根海姆博物馆展出"任何⼀个空间"（theanyspacewhatever，2008）中的作品《壮阔夜空：复眼12》（Firmamental Night Sky: Oculus.12，2008），作为⼀个建筑干预被悬挂在这座由弗兰克·劳埃德·赖特（Frank Lloyd Wright）设计的著名圆形⼤厅，持续开启了⼀个壮观的夜空景观。