Measurable Truths, Definitive Outcome
Tomas Chaffe, Cevdet Erek, Marcell Esterhazy, Dora Maurer and Karel Miler
21 February 2013, 7 until 9 pm
22 February to 23 March 2013
Wednesday-Saturday, 2 until 6 pm
“Everywhere where there is interaction between a place, a time and an expenditure of energy, there is rhythm. Therefore:
a) repetition (of movements, gestures, action, situations, differences);
b) interferences of linear processes and cyclical processes;
c) birth, growth, peak then decline and end.”
Henri Lefebvre: Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life
In the latter part of the nineteenth century, Georg Cantor revolutionised mathematics with the concept of a set. Not only a collection of objects, a set includes the rules we apply to them. By multiplying the reservoir of parameters conveyed through situations, objects and scores, the works in this exhibition plead for the rediscovery and conscious reflection on the construction of reality.
'Of Parameters' is an international group show of historical works from 1970-80 and contemporary pieces, documentations of actions (Karel Miler), simple experiments with perception of space, rhythms, colour and sound (Dora Maurer) and measurements of space and time (Tomas Chaffe, Cevdet Erek and Marcell Esterhazy).
Subjective and objective, universal and the trivial, the absurdity of attempts to pronounce universal rules about one’s existence is underlined by the subtitle 'Measurable Truths, Definitive Outcome'. The featured artists reveal structures through a visual manifestation of logical formulas by observing their immediate surroundings, creating systems through which the world is apprehended and their lives are organised.
These works are not merely remarks on living conditions, but also draw attention to the uncomfortable limitations which politics, economics or other circumstances also force upon us. With simple experiments and mathematical applications, artists are not only able to analyse situations, but also begin to take control over their everyday surroundings.
Tomas Chaffe (b.1980 Nottingham, lives and works in Stockholm) graduated with a diploma in BA (Hons) Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003. He is currently studying at the MA Art in the Public Realm course at Konstfack University College in Stockholm.
Solo presentations and exhibitions in recent years are Sometimes Artists Work Here, Trade Gallery, Nottingham (2010); Present Future, Artissima 16, Turin (2009); and 4 October – 2 November, Moot, Nottingham (2008). He contributed to group shows The Possibility of an Island, Grand Union, Birmingham (2012); Not Ready Yet, The Exchange Building, Nottingham (2011); The Dust on The Moth, (as Via Vaudeville), Attic, Nottingham (2010); This Matter, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2010); Gallery, Galerie, Galleria, Norma Mangione, Turin (2010); Indoor Life, Walden Affairs, The Hague (2009); and The Store, Tulips &amp; Roses, Vilnius (2008).
Cevdet Erek (b.1974, Istanbul, lives and works in Istanbul) studied Architecture at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts Istanbul 1992-1999 and Sound Engineering and Design at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music of Istanbul Technical University 2000-2003.
Solo exhibitions and performances include Week, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2012); Update, Akinci, Amsterdam (2011); Ahmet Cevdet Bey, Overgaden, Copenhagen (2011); El Ele, duo show with Anna Boghiguian, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul (2009); Side by Side, m3, Goeteborg (2009); and On the Day I Fix a Turbine to My Belly, Lokaal 1, Antwerp (2009). He participated in group exhibitions such as the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) (2012); When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis, San Fransisco (2012); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); Out of Place, Tate Modern, London (2011); and Tactics of Invisibility, TBA 21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2010).
Marcell Esterhazy (b. 1977 Budapest, lives and works in Paris and Budapest) studied Photography at the Hungarian Academy for Applied Arts 1997-1998 and at the Intermedia Department at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts 1998-2003. He also earned a postgraduate degree from La College Invisible, ESBAM, Marseille in 2004.
Solo exhibitions include Past in Progress/Folyamatban levo mult, Liget Gallery Budapest (2012); Les enfants terribles, Atelier am Eck, D&uuml;sseldorf (2010); Studio Dij (Studio Prize), Labor, Budapest, (2009). Recently he contributed to group shows and prize shows Through a Glass Darkly- Faces Past and Present, Ernst Museum Budapest (2013); The Freedom of Sound. John Cage behind the Iron Curtain, Ludwig Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2012); The Discovery of Slowness II, HIT Gallery, Bratislava (2012); Patterns of Time, acb Gallery, Budapest (2012); Salon de Montrouge, Paris (2011); Paris Photo 2010, Lumen Foundation, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris; Aviva Art Award 2010, Mucsarnok, Budapest.
Dora Maurer (b.1937, Budapest, Hungary, lives and works in Budapest) studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts 1955-1961, first at the Department of Painting, subsequently at the Department of Graphic Art. She started directing experimental films in 1973, she was a guest, then a member of the experimental Bela Balazs Film Studio. Since 1990 she is a lecturer at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, leading an interdisciplinary painting class.
Most important solo exhibitions in recent years include Deploiements, Espace Topographie de l’Art, Paris (2010); Schwerelos, Museum der Wahrnehmung, Graz (2010); and Concise Oeuvre, Ludwig Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2008). She contributed to international group shows Recto/Verso, The Approach, London (2012); Film Programme, Museum Tinguely, Basel (2011); Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, Vintage Gallery (2011); 12. International Bienniale, Istanbul (2011); Light Years, Conceptual Art and Photography 1964-1977, The Art Institute of Chicago (2011); Promises of the Past, Film Programme, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); and Entdecken und besitzen (Sammlung Gertraud &amp; Dieter Bogner), MUMOK, Wien (2005).
Karel Miler (b.1940, Prague, lives and works in Prague) studied Art History and Philosophy at Charles University 1961-1966. He is best known for his black and white photographs documenting his actions in the public space in the 1970s. Miler abandoned his career as an artist, he worked at the National Gallery in Prague 1969-1997 and was contributor of the daily newspaper, Lidovacute; Noviny 1990-1995.
Solo shows from the 1970s include Galerie Gamma, Utrecht (1978); Byt Petra Rezka, Praha (1977); Stavebn&iacute; Fakulta, Praha (1977); Foto+Idea, Galleria Comunale d&acute;Arte Moderna, Parma (1976); and Veste Sagrada, Rio de Janeiro (1972). His artworks have recently been included in international group shows and fairs There is Nothing There, Czech Center New York (2012); Museum of Parallel Narratives. In the framework of L'Internationale, MACBA, Barcelona (2011); Czech Photography of the 20th Century, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (2009); and Global and Outsiders: Connecting Cultures in Central Europe, Prague Biennale 3, Karl&iacute;nsk&aacute; hala, Praha (2007).
With Thanks to the Artists’ Galleries and Supporters of the Exhibition, Especially
acb Gallery, Budapest,
Leyl&acirc; Akinci / Akinci, Amsterdam,
Eva Kozma / C3 Center for Culture and Communication Foundation, Budapest,
Maitreyi Maheshwari and Marco Filippini / Zabludowicz Collection, London
and Michal Manek / Svit, Prague.
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