Pep Vidal “As a Whole” and Valerie Krause “Shifting Volume” at Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin
Pep Vidal “As a Whole”
Galerie Rolando Anselmi is delighted to present “As a Whole”, the first solo show in Germany and in its space in Berlin by Pep Vidal. The artist, linking scientific thought as life experience to his artistic practice, works with the concepts of systems and infinitesimal changes. Very small changes that take place constantly, everywhere, along a chaotic and almost infinite chain. Infinitesimal changes that produce bigger and visible changes.
For his show “As a Whole”, Vidal will present a site-specific installation in the first room, transforming the white wall gallery space in a coordinate system. From a distance it appears as an obsessive repetition of points, with a blurry effect, but after a closer look, one realizes that these points are actually a regular succession of yellow smiley faces, covering the four sides of the room. Thousands of eyes pointed toward the center, staring at the visitor. Starting point for Vidal is the often-imperceptible impact that all gestures have on their surroundings and the consideration that each space with any kind of interaction is a system that can be modified, or destroyed, in order to create new systems. Systems are constantly modifying due to infinitesimal changes. In this occasion Vidal builds a coordinate system where spectators, as dynamic elements, are the main focus, together with other static elements, which are working with the accuracy and limits of control of the system. The viewer, moving around the space, is in a way continuously repositioning itself in relation to the system created by the artist. The repetitive, controlled, measured nature of the coordinates confronts with the lightness and friendly appearance of the yellow smileys, as a reminder of the numerous dichotomies that characterize our reality. Suddenly we see a sculpture, Collapse, coming out from the wall. It is a column made by smileys stickers, one on the top of the other, representing the unexpected collapse of the coordinate system, standing as metaphor of destruction and recreation. Using science as the basis of his methodology, Pep Vidal recreates a singular space and a theoretical framework in the unresolved attempt to investigate chaotic and orderly processes that define our reality, and is questioning the creative act itself.
until 22 August 2015
Above – Collapse, 2015
Over and over and over, 2015
Grid and extra slim grid, 2015
Pep Vidal, “As a Whole” installation view at Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, 2015. Copyright and courtesy: Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin. Photos: Riccardo Malberti.
Valerie Krause “Shifting Volume”
Galerie Rolando Anselmi is pleased to announce “Shifting Volume”, the second solo show by German artist Valerie Krause in the gallery space in Berlin. For the exhibition the artist will present three new sculptures selected specifically for this occasion. The pieces are placed in the second exhibition room. Immediately from the entrance, and through the narrow passage that separates the two rooms, one can glimpse the presence of these peculiar objects. It is the immaterial embodied in the firmness of the physical that affects Krause and indicates the key to understanding her sculptures. Her work emphasizes volumes and the hidden dynamism that solid bodies can hold. The sculptures adopt elementary forms: they are not strictly geometrical constructs, but shapes that seem to assume movement in space, accompanied by a gentle minimization of the forms. Whether hanging on the wall unit or placed on the ground or leaning on a tripod in the middle of the room, Krause’s sculptures claim their existence in space, with changes of direction that draw abstract geometries and moments of calmness. A play of light and dark, stressed by the black and white colour of the sculptures, creates a suspended balance, which the spectator cannot avoid to perceive. The works in the exhibition are the outcome of a deep investigation on volumes and the places that the volumes of these sculptures generate, in a physical but at the same time emotional dimension. The relation between objects and the surrounding space is a central theme in Krause’s artistic research. It recalls the notable thought of natural philosopher, Leibniz, who considered space as in fact a collection of relations between objects, given by their distance and direction one another. Walking through her sculptures we perceive space, as a place that is expressly changing. The interchange of materials such as plaster, steel and wood is accompanied by changes in the forms, some of them rigid, static, others more dynamic. Through layers, twisting and emphasized diagonals, she underlines the intrinsic dynamism of the material, denoting an impression of instability that interferes with the spectator’s perception of the space. The works presented in this exhibition are strongly connected with three other sculptures created by the artist, currently on view till July 27th at L21 Gallery, in Madrid. The two exhibitions, born as collaboration between the two galleries, share not only the same title but also the same emotional capacity, bringing the spectator into a continuous reflection on space and the interaction of the material and ourselves with it.
until 22 August 2015
Above and below – O.T., 2015
Shifting Volume, 2015
Valerie Krause, “Shifting Volume” installation views at Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, 2015. Copyright and courtesy: Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin. Photos: Stefania Facco and Riccardo Malberti.