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“Cartoon Physics” at Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Vienna

The laws of physics do not apply in cartoons. If we stretch this lawless dimension off the screen, and attach its illogics to our realm, the limitless elasticity of cartoon physics offers a more fluid way of thinking about everything from the comical and sinister implications of artificial intelligence to the
warped elliptical routes through which information is disseminated, from a waning anthropocentrism to the seemingly esoteric workings of speculative finance today (and whether or not today is even still a relevant temporal coordinate), and so on.

Contemporary art operates similarly. Opening 10 September 2015, “Cartoon Physics” is an exhibition of interdisciplinary work by Nick Bastis (US), Nina Beier (DK), Liudvikas Buklys (LT), Angie Keefer (US), Nicholas Matranga (US), Post Brothers (US), and Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (BE). It’s set within an alphabetized topography of nearly 2000 science fiction novels, which line the perimeter of the gallery, and which hosts a rather diverse population: 2 pairs of pink horses, mechanically printed (and misprinted) on 2 stretched canvases; a variable set of cryptic logos, silkscreened in copper on both
sides of 400 gram business cards; 9 carpet samples, imbued with the psychology of sales in thick acrylic paint; a freestanding pane of teleprompter glass, offering a dual layer of opacity; 2 robotic vacuum cleaners, hacked with artificial intelligence to perform a choreography defined by the electronic noise in the air waves; snails sliming vinyl objects and storefront glass; serial posters parroting the grammar of empty metaphors that cannibalistically proliferate in stock imagery databanks; and all of this narrated by a talking head, projected in a cartoon world, where he correlates the workings of credit and financial speculation with the portable hole.

Curated by Chris Fitzpatrick

Part of curated by_vienna 2015: Tomorrow Today

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at Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Vienna

until 17 October, 2015

Nick Bastis, When you don’t find what you’re looking for, sleep (IKEA Flintan Chair), 2014

Angie Keefer, Horses 1 (left) and Horses 2 (right), 2015

Post Brothers, Memories Found in a Bathtub, or What Entropy Means to Me, 2006-15 (tbc)

Nick Bastis, When you don’t find what you’re looking for, sleep, 2015

Nick Bastis, When you don’t find what you’re looking for, sleep, 2015

Nicholas Matranga, Was it a rat I saw, 2010

Annie-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Untitled, 1995

Nick Bastis, Divider Bell #3, 2015

Liudvikas Buklys, Prototypes for secondary schools, 2015

Liudvikas Buklys, Roombas like snails 2, 2013

Liudvikas Buklys, Roombas like snails 2, 2013

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“Cartoon Physics” installation views at Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Vienna, 2015

Courtesy: the artists and Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna. Photo: Stefan Lux.

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