Eva Grubinger concentrates on the medium of sculpture, and through processes of estranging and encoding, shifts of material, scale and context, she investigates spatial qualities in relation to currencies of socio-political, architectural contexts and visual arts language often referencing Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Her ﬁrst solo exhibition in London entitled ‘Black Diamond Bay’, explores a cluster of abiding interests: the maritime as a metaphor, colonial adventuring, correspondence between the world of a century ago and that of today, and associations of darkness. The exhibition responds directly to its location, as does the title, which references an imaginary place in Joseph Conrad’s Victory (1915) and the 1976 song by Bob Dylan.
‘Black Diamond Bay’, is the third of four ﬁg-2 projects that utilises two venues at the ICA; the Theatre and the Studio, and in both of these spaces explores the continuing appeal and risk of travelling to unknown territories. Triggering the idea of a psychological landscape and a physical or mental journey, the installation evokes ideas of escapism and the search for the self, adventure, testing limits, inner states of transgression, conquest, delimitation, drift and danger. On the occasion of the exhibition, Grubinger will be in conversation with Fatos Üstek at ArtReview Live on 9 September, please book your places at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Austrian Chancellor’s office, L40 Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, and the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department.
Special thanks to Austrian Cultural Forum, Delfina Foundation and Westbury Hotels.
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Eva Grubinger (b.1970, Salzburg, Austria) lives in Berlin. She has exhibited widely internationally, with institutional solo exhibitions at, among others, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; and the Museum Belvedere, Vienna. She has also participated in many group exhibitions in Germany and abroad