Submission
Eglė Ruibytė

Yawning Void

A graduation project by Eglė Ruibytė at HFBK Hamburg. A "void-filling" installation with handmade air cushions.


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Egle Ruibyte, Yawning Void, 2021, Exhibition view
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Egle Ruibyte, Yawning Void, 2021, plastic film, UV print pieces, cardboard box, variable dimentions.
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Egle Ruibyte, Yawning Void, 2021, plastic film, UV print pieces, resin, candies, cable, variable dimentions.
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Egle Ruibyte, Yawning Void, 2021, plastic film, UV print pieces, cardboard and plastic boxes, silkscreen print, variable dimentions.
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Eglė Ruibytė, Yawning void, 2021

Somewhat orderly, somewhat arranged, air cushions (called “void fillers”, usually used for shipping, just handmade this time) take up a big part of a room. They rest, cover, mimic and reach for each other or something to protect that is gone or not there yet. One could question the fullness of the space, since these are just void fillers, taking up the empty space with their repetitive forms, quiet inscriptions and overlapping transparent colors. On a closer look, the protecting cushions turn out to have some sort of contamination inside. The dust has probably just fallen inside during the process and the humidity got locked inside by accident. It is unclear, whether it is old skin cells or some lost pixels of an image. The story of an unpacked or yet to be packed piece and its parts expands to unknown spoiled paths of speculation. Carefully screen printed, sealed and inflated with breath, the simulated readymades lose track of the body they ought to protect and form a sort of a limbo where things are flawed, defunct and ephemeral.

Plastic film, UV print pieces, silkscreen, cardboard and plastic boxes, resin, candies, cable, air.

Photography: Jaewon Kim

The project is part of the HFBK Hamburg Annual Exhibition, taking place on February 12-14, mostly online (due to Covid-19).