SIDE BY SIDE BY SIDE

A CURATING PROJECT FOR UNSOLLICITED PROPOSALS, APEX ART, NY, 2008

Side by side by side by side*

 

Athanassios Argianas (Greece)

Dagmar Heppner (Germany)

Christos Lialios (Greece)

Bojan Sarcevic (Croatia)

Eran Schaerf (Israel)

Gedi Sibony (USA)

 

A curating project for Apex art unsolicited proposals by Ghislaine Dantan

 

The exhibition suggests multi-levelled shifting processes, formulates gaps and distensions, focuses on intervals. With fragile arrangements, simple materials, painted walls and music, it focuses on perception matters and on concerns of temporality and space, it articulates a suite of moments embedded into the exhibition room's architectural situation.

The artists investigate displacement both as a literal experience and a socio- psychological state. With an economy of means and unmonumental installations, they take a political and critical position, creating, through conceptual and formal strategies, shifting spaces and distances, dreamy dislocations and sensorial moments. They highlight various levels of interconnections and reflect on a questionable and social contemporary reality.

 

Correspondences

 

Also known as a musician under the pseudonym Gavouna, Athanassios Argianas creates sculptures and installations based on musical scores he composed.

With references to utopist and modernist ideologies, as well as to the repetitive forms of folk songs, Argianas develops musical installations, formal models made of wood, copper, perpex. The pieces follow patterns such as loops, circular movements and endless structures, in these correspondences between music and forms unfolds an ethereal space.

 

Music For Four Imagined Theremins(Mimicking, Falling and Falling), 2007 (assemblage of a sound piece and a series of models sitting on a platform. The Theremin was one of the first electronic musical instruments invented in the 1930s and carried utopian ideals about the future of music. It is controlled without physical contact, by the proximity of the performer's hands to two sensors.)

 

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Dagmar Heppner's sculptures and installations are based on amodest gesture (1) in space. Their conceptual and formal austerity, the everyday materials and their display through spatial constellations question the perpetual changing conditions of the contemporary environment and requires the participation of the viewer, developing associative narrations.

 

Translation

 

The work of Eran Schaerf explores translation, transitional areas and process, for meaning, of moving between various possibilities. Using literary, philosophical and scientific references, Eran Schaerf (and more recently in collaboration with philosopher and partner Eva Meyer) moves around a variety of spaces in-between, between fragmentation and montage.

He combines materials such as fabrics, curtains, threads, printed materials or video and sound, which, in their very juxtaposition and association, reveal the process of constructing alternative meanings.

This moment of change, thiscombinational territory, the aesthetic displacement from one cultural sphere to another is at the heart of Schaerf's investigations, based on the mobility of senses and the shifting formation of identity.

 

Disarrangement

 

Bojan Sarcevic's poetic works approach the global conditions of displacement, making use of a diverse range of medias including video and sculpture, architectural interventions, objects and printed materials.

He investigates displacement both as a literal experience and as psychological, cultural and social dynamics. In the workWorld Corner, 1999, he literally displaced sections of a wall in different countries, emphasizing either similarities or difference in relation to the new context it was placed. 

 

Shifting moment

 

Gedi Sibony conceives environments made out of all sorts of discarded materials including industrial floor coverings, hollow core doors, garbage bags, plywood, and vinyl. Each of the works, freestanding collages and sculptures, is developed through a  series of contrasts, of colors and textures.

The interest for the artist relies in the way things are articulated, visually and emotionally. The works at the edge of failure, function as spatial markers, in a suite of exchanges, of open-ended interpretations, and they direct attention,shifting momentum in a room. (2)

 

folded

 

Graphic designer based in Athens, Christos Lialios combines an austere, conceptual approach with delicate, handmade details and childlike spontaneity. The reduced range of colors and the attention to materials echoes the poetic quality of his work.

His recent realizations include collaborations with composer Enrico Wuttke aka Flim, film director Konstantis Frangopoulos as well as exhibition catalogues and monographies.

For Side by side by side by side, Christos Lialios could design the printed leaflet which will take the form of a folded poster and will reflect, by its very conception and material qualities, the concerns of the exhibition. It will function as a circulation and diffusion tool, accompanying the show beyond the exhibition space.

 

 

1- Simone Neuenschwander in catalogue of the exhibitionPoor Thing, Kunsthalle Basel, 2007

2-Made of raw materials, interview with Philippe Vergne, Flash Art, 2006

 

 

* from Tuxedomoon Where interests lie