Corners of(f) Society

Colab Gallery
Weil am Rhein, Germany
November 2018 – April 2019

Project in collaboration with Luce

Curated by Daniel Künzler

www.colab-gallery.com

After our first collaboration in 2015 that focused on the idea of the periscope and the ability to see through a wall, we did it again with more portable devices and new shapes to try and experiment with them in different situations in the city. The objects were shown alongside pictures of the actions we completed with them.

Periscopes

 

Curator’s text:

On 24th November 2018, the Colab Gallery will openned its doors for the group exhibition “Corners Of(f) Society”, featuring seven international artists that work with, around and in urban areas.

We would like to ask visitors the question how and why places function, and which impact the geographical environment has on perception and behavior. If you have, e.g., several possibilities to reach a supermarket, you would choose a certain route according to your mood.

During your daily life, you efficiently choose the shortest way, that unfortunately leads along a noisy, four-lane road. Then again, you deliberately look for a route, that leads you away from the actual place of destination taking you to interesting places, an abandoned house, an open terrain or a park at the city’s´ outskirts. However, losing your orientation and just strolling along, can also be seen as something positive, something that triggers your thirst for adventure and allows unexpected things to happen. Every one of us has his daily rituals, that are not only determined by functionality.

You can tell stories about some places, others you will seek because you feel comfortable there or because you are striving for a certain mood, or because the atmosphere and aura there bring back memories. Wandering around means getting lost, being active, collecting things you find in the street, getting onto a metro, the next bus and climbing out somewhere else, having deleted the common reason for getting from A to B. It means actively soaking up the terrain, the people, the animals or the trash in the streets. Without perspectives and intention, there is more to discover.

The participating artists show with alert eyes aesthetic glances of cities, peripheries, and surprising encounters. We are looking forward to present the works of Relfy (Can), Cyop & Kaf (It), Swampy (Usa), Bruno Rodrigues & Fábio Vieira (Bra), Road Dogs (Fr), Raskalov & Makhorov (Rus), LUCE & Eltono (Es).

Thanks a lot to Danny, K100, Marc and to the whole Colab crew..

La Ville et le Mouvement

Le Pilori visual arts space
Place du Pilori, Niort, France
September 27th – November 10th 2017
Exhibition organised for the 4e mur festival by Winterlong gallery.
Participating Artists: Jeroen Jongeleen and Eltono

www.winterlong-galerie.com

Détours

Six 20 minute random itineraries starting from the exhibition space door. At each intersection, a die is used to determine where to go. The result is materialised by six painted wooden sculptures.

RUFO

A painting is dragged in the street, with the painted side facing the floor. The route, a loop in the city, is fixed beforehand. The board is exhibited as is with a map showing the route.

G.A.S

Horizontal printing system using street movements. Each print is exposed to traffic for at least an hour.

 

Photos: Eric Surmont et Eltono
Videos: Victor Thiré

Downshifting

Redline Contemporary Art Center
2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, U.S.A.
June 30th – July 23rd 2017

Modo n.º19

 

Curated by Ramón Bonilla, Downshifting is a group exhibition that calls attention to the meditative quality of reductive art, which encompasses minimal, post-minimal, hard edge and geometrical work. Reductive art work is typically explored in terms of formal qualities like medium, rarely conjuring conversations that respond or reflect on political realities. For many artists around the globe, however, reductive work can provide a sanctuary from the hyperactivity and sensory-flooding that has come to be our everyday reality.

Working with 12 internationally-based abstract and minimalist artists, Downshifting will transform RedLine’s 6,000-square-foot exhibition hall into a sanctuary of abstract works with programming that explores sensory deprivation rather than spectacle and provocation.

Participating Artists:
Eltono (France)
Louyse Blyton (Australia)
Ramón Bonilla (Puerto Rico)
Sandra Fettingis (USA)
Andrew Huffman (USA)
Kristofer Hultenberg (Denmark)
Michael Mork (Denmark)
Gary Andrew Clarke (England)
Ashley Frazier (USA)
SEIKON (Poland)
Hyland Mather (USA)
Frank T. Martinez (USA)

www.redlineart.org

Modo n.º19

Downshifting collective exhibition
Redline Contemporary Art Center
2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, U.S.A.
June 30th – July 23rd 2017

 

Curated by Ramón Bonilla, Downshifting is a group exhibition that calls attention to the meditative quality of reductive art, which encompasses minimal, post-minimal, hard edge and geometrical work. Reductive art work is typically explored in terms of formal qualities like medium, rarely conjuring conversations that respond or reflect on political realities. For many artists around the globe, however, reductive work can provide a sanctuary from the hyperactivity and sensory-flooding that has come to be our everyday reality.

Working with 12 internationally-based abstract and minimalist artists, Downshifting will transform RedLine’s 6,000-square-foot exhibition hall into a sanctuary of abstract works with programming that explores sensory deprivation rather than spectacle and provocation.

Participating Artists:
Eltono (France)
Louyse Blyton (Australia)
Ramón Bonilla (Puerto Rico)
Sandra Fettingis (USA)
Andrew Huffman (USA)
Kristofer Hultenberg (Denmark)
Michael Mork (Denmark)
Gary Andrew Clarke (England)
Ashley Frazier (USA)
SEIKON (Poland)
Hyland Mather (USA)
Frank T. Martinez (USA)

www.redlineart.org

Venturing Beyond

Somerset House
London, U.K.
Exhibition curated by A by P
3 March – 2 May 2016

Footpaths
Four 15′ walking performances
Black ink on 285 g. Fabriano Rosaspina paper 100 x 70 cm, 2′ video


Rules:

  1. The participant of the action selects an area of public space and defines a specific time period.
  2. The perimeter of this predefined space is then circled in a clockwise fashion.
  3. When an outsider visible to the participant enters the perimeter, the participant must immediately attempt to reach the outsider’s point of intrusion.
  4. If the perimeter is further breached  during the attempt to reach the initial intruder’s entry point, this subsequent point becomes the new target.
  5. Once an intrusion point is reached, the participant continues circling the perimeter until either a further intruder enters or the time limit is reached.
  6. Finally a drawing is generated; a testimony to the footpath experience.

www.a-by-p.com
www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/venturing-beyond

Oxymores

Ministry of Culture
182, rue Saint Honoré, Paris, France
April 3rd – May 3rd 2015

Périmètre au Sol is the exact measurement of the line separating the public space from the private space around the Ministry of Culture building on Saint Honoré Street in Paris. I drew the generated line on four big papers (3,70 m x 1,40 m), each one representing one façade. The color code I used is two warm colors for the South and West façades and two cold colors for North and East.

www.oxymores2015.fr

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Mapping The City‬

Somerset House
London, U.K.
Exhibition curated by A by P
22 January – 15 February 2015

www.a-by-p.com
www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/mapping-the-city

10 Promenades
Acrylic on wood 122 x 100 cm

For Mapping the City, I presented a sculpture made out of the 10 unplanned walks I did in Beijing in late 2013 and early 2014. I wanted to present the routes in a way as random as the walks happened so I decided to hang them from their center of gravity instead of their cardinal orientation.
More info about the Promenades project here: www.eltono.com/projects/promenades

For inquiries about this artwork, please contact A by P here: www.a-by-p.com/more-info/#contact

Artmossphere Biennale

Moscow, Russia
September 2014

RUFO – Rudimentary Unidentified Frictional Object

I have been doing research around the idea of “creating while walking” for a long time now (see the Promenades Project I did in Beijing: www.eltono.com/en/projects/promenades), my last idea was to register friction during a walk and I came up with the idea of RUFO – RUFO is a typical dog name in French and also the name of a toy dog that was released in the 80´s. I decided the four letters would stand for “Rudimentary Unidentified Frictional Object”.

Basically, I wanted to drag an artwork along a defined path and register the way it decays. I was doing tests around this idea when I was asked to participate in Artmossphere Biennial in Moscow so I decided to do the first RUFO experiment in the street of the Russian capital. I painted 11 wood boards with bold colored graphics and one by one dragged them around the city on different paths I had selected earlier (around the exhibition space, in random neighborhood, around the Red Square, around the hotel…). Each walk was between one and two kilometers, except for RUFO #9 where I walked for 2,5 kilometers and the painting almost disappeared entirely. Having the artwork interacting with the outside was crucial – showing artworks in the state they came out of the studio doesn’t interest me – my idea was to “print” the city onto each board turning them into witnesses of a walk, an experience. On the back of each board I showed the map of the walk and all the data generated (date, time, duration, distance and name of the streets wandered) – note that during the biennial, I showed reproductions of the back of the boards on spare boards for the people to understand better the story.

Pictures by Natalia Solovieva – Thanks to everybody at Artmosspere and to the people from Codered.