The immeasurable scale of the space-time in which we evolve requires us to permanently adjust the distance to that which surrounds us – in order to measure the scope of our impacts, the potential for actions, their possible failure and the extent of the dynamics that shape the “habitable”.
Water as a major component of our terrestrial system, from its oceanic surfaces to the fauna and flora, structures our relations to the environment.
Off Water implies changes of state according to metabolic processes. These metamorphoses allow for hybridization and initiate upheaval. The artists of the exhibition deploy spaces that host the meeting of forms and affects. To leave the water implies a movement. Metaphorically, “to be out of the water” invites us to take a time out. The exhibition is composed as a territory through which the works draw the cartography of another possible space-time – hinting at that which is bigger than us, while allowing proximities and a reversal of scale.
The works that unfold in Off Water offer formal reminiscences and construct a language. Ranti Bam’s ceramic surfaces alternate between solids and voids and suggest a movement of the mesh on the clay, inciting a haptic involvement. They enter into conversation with the printed surfaces of Alizée Gazeau’s fabric sculptures, on which the meshes of nets and scales merge. Suspended throughout the exhibition, the installation by Mirsini Artakianou aligns a network of links forming an undulating sculptural space.
How long can we stay above water? Rising waters imply major upheaval. Some of the presented works accelerate natural processes, others invoke moments of absolute control and a possible swing towards capitulation. Isabel Fredeus proposes the observation of shells immersed in acidic liquids and destined to dissolve over the course of several weeks. Mariona Berenguer’s light installation brushes the floor of the space, interacting with the shadow of a plant dried out by arid heat and deprived of water.
Off Water suggests a return into the aquatic. The artists of the exhibition invoke movement and fluidity. Hannah Bohnen’s sculptures wrap up the continuum of time while Eva Gentner disrupts scale proportions. An aluminium ocean buoy frames the movements of the performer Miriam Rose Gronwald, herself a carrier of an ambiguous future archived in embroidery.
On the floor, two works by Marina Stanimirovic conjure a metallic vibration and translate it into surfaces folded together. Like sediments, the striations and colours remind us of an archaic trilobite skin.
Emerging from the water, we retrieve a clear sound. Laura Sebastianes presents a fragmented installation. Her sound boxes are a body of resonance in motion, suggesting an ultimate adjustment to spaces both immense and intimate, allowing us to measure and evaluate our language and our gestures.