The works of the four artists explore the manifestations of the self as composition, absence, representation and structure in relation to the ensemble.
"Whether it be a question of vestiges or the body of another person, we need to know how an object in space can become the eloquent relic of an existence; how, conversely, an intention, a thought or a project can detach themselves from the personal subject and become visible out- side him in the shape of his body, and in the environment which he builds for himself."
(Maurice Merleau-Ponty from Phenomenology of Perception, translated by Colin Smith, Routledge Classics 2002; p. 406.)
Motinternational is pleased to announce a group exhibition by Ruth Buchanan, Luca Francesconi, Caitlin Keogh and Joëlle Tuerlinckx. The works in Tumulus explore the manifestations of the self as composition, absence, representation and structure in relation to the ensemble.
Ruth Buchanan's installation is assembled from elements that create a space, or a "room" as the artist might describe it. Buchanan's understanding of the brain as an architecture leads her to create a body of works which can be considered choreographed fragments of thoughtful and interpretative tissue. Her pieces interrogate one or different sorts of function: transmission, discretion, communication and constructs a being in its relation to a group of things.
Hung on the walls of the main room are Super-Kamiokande, Another Melody #1 and Another Melody #4, a drawing and two paintings by Caitlin Keogh. The artist manipulates the classical art object to turn it into a critical arena. The interpretation of the female model, the assumed subject of a female artist and the construction of the feminine imagery are different questions she raises in a subtly ingenious gesture. Keogh's pieces can be read as gender narratives.
Below in the second space, Joëlle Tuerlinckx's pieces move forward to meet us. They could be the harnessing of affects. Her works manifest the being in its relation to space and time at the exact moment when space passes over the human body. Tuerlinckx observes, measures and registers those happenings and creates art objects that are eventually an incarnate presence of evolution of the tangible world.
Luca Francesconi's Idolo rurale is in line with otherness. The sculpture, inspired by agricultural idols, is surrounded by small objects functioning as semantic amplifiers for the possible construction of a rhythm. The work connects the notions of space and the sacred: as Francesconi writes "the idea of sacred is born as a partition of space". The plinth becomes the surface for a materialized dialectic which involves our belief.
Ruth Buchanan was born in 1980 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She lives and works in Berlin and Wellington. She is taking part in an exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein "A wavy line is drawn across the middle of the original plans". Selected previous exhibitions and performances include: "Furniture, Plan, Rival Brain", Hopkinson Cundy, Aukland, NZ, 2011; "Eigenwillige Zeichensetzung", Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, 2011; "The weather, a building", Tate Modern, London, UK, 2011; "Lying Freely", Casco Office for Art, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2010.
Caitlin Keogh was born in Spenard, Alaska in 1982. She lives and works in New York City. She currently has a solo show at Moma PS1 "Good value, Fine quality" and will have a solo exhibition in September 2012 at Renwick Gallery in NY. Selected previous exhibitions include: "Cirio", Dorothea Schlueter Gallery, Hamburg, Germany, 2012; "Te Kust en the Keur", Mu.ZEE, Ostende, Belgium, 2012; "Town Gown Conflict", Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland, 2011; "Wallpaperism", Motel Campo, Geneva, Switzerland, 2011; "179 Canal Anyway", White Columns, New York, 2010.
Joëlle Tuerlinckx was born in 1958 in Brussels where she leaves and works. She will present a solo exhibition at WIELS in September 2012 and in Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany in 2013. Selected previous exhibitions include: "SuperBody", z33, Hasselt, Belgium, 2012; Culturgest, Lisbon, Protgal, 2011; Musée de la Mémoire - Propriété Universelle, Cransac, France, 2011; "The Fifth Column", Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria, 2011; "Brussels Body Speech", Minsheng Art Museum, Shangai, China, 2010.
Luca Francesconi was born in 1979 in Mantova, Italy. He lives and works in Milan and Paris. He currently has a diptych solo exhibition "Echo of the Moon" at the Musée Beurnier Rossel, Motbeliart, France and at the CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France. Selected previous exhibitions include: "De labor solis", Galerie chez Valentin, Paris, France, 2011; "ILLUMInazioni - ILLUMInations", 54th Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2011; "Emerging talents, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Italy, 2011; "Infinite eye", Fluxia, Milan, Italy, 2010.
Opening 29th June 6-8pm
Rue Vandenbrandenstraat 1, Brussels
Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 6 and by appointment.