Just announced! The exhibition at New Media Gallery during Innovation Week is magnetic_T.
The latest exhibition at New Media Gallery runs February 23-May 12 2019, with an opening reception February 22 at 6:30pm. This exhibition features four artists:
PE LANG (Switzerland/Tokyo) moving objects / no. 502-519
NELO AKAMATSU (Japan /Berlin) Chijikinkutsu
TATIANA TROUVE´ (Italy /France) 350 Points Toward Infinity
ZILVANAS KEMPINAS (Lithuania/New York) Bearings
This exhibition details how five artists have used magnets, magnetism and magnetic fields to create profound fascinating works of art that reference music & sound, migrations, attraction, resistance and power.
This quality of ‘a living thing’; of something imbued with agency, is palpable in all four works. Without prior knowledge the works could be alive, haunted or mechanized. They breathe, take shape and reform; play as if internally motivated; are drawn and pulled in directions by something unseen or held suspended by invisible forces.The tension between agency and suspension is a distinctive characteristic of this group of works.
An important element of this exhibition is the notion that something hidden has the uncanny ability to exert an unyielding force or cause change: the hidden device, a hidden power or presence, or a hidden method of operation.The ability to control the unseen; the exertion of force or power in ways that are not always discernible is ever present. The connections with other more worldly manifestations of power, repulsion and attraction are inescapable.
Another characteristic of each work alludes to what we know of how directions and poles are determined and the processes of navigation or exploration. By their very nature, the movement of magnetic particles across a surface contain references to an ongoing process of mass movement, migration and searching.
Finally, the mythical, magical properties of magnetism captivate and strive to hold us suspended. The fragile music of magnets hitting glass in Chijikinkutsu, the repetitive, rolling dance of moving objects/ no. 502-519, the taught trajectories of 350 points toward infinity, and the crawling skin of Bearings. Each a mechanical force that seems to have a life of its own.
Each physical suspension and stalled trajectory allows us to reflect on the possibilities or impossibilities of balance, the result being a literal suspension of disbelief. These works continue to use the power of magnetism to deceive, enchant and illuminate.