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Alison Jacques Gallery: Davide Balula, 'A line to repeat [ ] on the wall' - 10 July 2015 to 8 Aug 2015

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10 July 2015 to 8 Aug 2015
Hours : Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm
PV: THURSDAY 9 JULY, 6 – 8PM
Alison Jacques Gallery
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Davide Balula, Burnt Painting, Imprint of the Burnt Painting (B -—-—), 2015
Charred wood, coal dust on linen
Each panel: 217.2 x 125.7 cm / 85 1/2 x 49 1/2 ins


Artists in this exhibition: Davide Balula


DAVIDE BALULA
A light to repeat [      ] on the wall

10 JULY – 8 AUGUST
PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 9 JULY, 6-8PM

‘The exhibition of invisibility is a practice that traverses the entire twentieth century, from Duchamp’s Air de Paris, 1919, to Takis’s magnetic fields….from Art & Language’s ‘AirConditioning Show’ to Robert Barry’s emissions of radio waves, brainwaves, and moleculesof inert and noble gases. These attempts to use the atmosphere as a medium in continuousexpansion, a medium that can never be completely visualised, constituted a challenge to thelimits of the art object, as well as to the ideas that artistic experience had to create objects tobe submitted to the scrutiny of vision. Balula, on the contrary, intends not so much tomanipulate the immaterial as to make visible that aura or electromagnetic spectrum thatreconfigures the social space, our relationship with others, and our aesthetic experience inthis era of information technology.’

- Riccardo Venturi, Artforum, June 2015

Alison Jacques Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by French artist Davide Balula. Balula’s practice manifests in a wide range of forms, which record the effectsof nature such as charring wood, soaking canvases in rivers or burying paintings in soil. Uponentering the space the viewer is confronted with the first of a series of new ‘Burnt Paintings/Imprints of the Burnt Paintings’ which consist of rectangular wood fragments arranged in apattern formation and burnt with a blowtorch. Balula then presses the charred surfaces ontonew canvas of the same size to create an imprint (a negative) that directly corresponds to thewood composition. Another work from this series is exhibited in the side space, with eachelement placed on an opposing wall. It is at once a diptych and a mirrored image,demonstrating a reciprocal relationship that redefines our understanding of space andarchitecture.

In the larger gallery space Balula will present a new series of sculptures, ‘Colouring the WiFiNetwork’. The WiFi sculptures are metal bars painted in various colours (such as ‘PistilYellow’, ‘Beige Nutmeat’ or ‘Blue Ice’) which act as antennae. Each sculpture emits a WiFisignal that corresponds to its colour, a digital echo of the work, which can be accessedthrough an open network on any smartphone or laptop. These works reflect the artist’sinterest in reproduction, the movement of light and its shadow and the trajectory of colourthrough space, exemplifying Balula’s interest in the materiality of the work but also the resultscreated through audience interaction. As Mara Hoberman writes in Art Agenda ‘In addition tooffering the viewer the intimate experience of holding artwork in their own hands, ‘Coloringthe WiFi Network’ also has macro implications. It's not confined to the context of theexhibition, but, rather, is designed to seep into the real world.’ This year during Art BaselParcours for example Balula will work with chef Daniel Burns to create ‘Painting the Roof ofyour Mouth’ an edible retrospective for which Balula flavoured ice cream from naturalelements such as burnt wood, smoke and dirt which correspond to his paintings.

Davide Balula was born in France in 1978 and currently lives and works in New York, NY. Hiswork is included in museum and public collections including Centre Georges Pompidou,Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris and Muséed’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne. His work has been included in group exhibitions atCentre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Wiels centre d’art contemporain,Brussels; Bielefelder Kunstverein; Madison Museum for Contemporary Art; Museum ofContemporary Art North Miami and Museums Quartier Wien. Davide Balula is one of the fourartists nominated for the 2015 Prix Marcel Duchamp. With thanks to Michelle D’Souza FineArt, London.


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