The digital revolution of contemporary technologies and social development have caused massive shifts in the way Western society interprets our sense of being and belonging. While social media and its advancements are more often than not viewed as the ultimate tool to globalize and link peoples across the planet, it has also led to an extreme sense of alienation. TRACES seeks to reinterpret and break down our personal relationships between our „real selves“ in the physical world and the ways in which we have recreated ourselves in online platforms and the digital landscape that we can no longer escape.
The work of Yasmin Alt often employs the use of reinterpretation of historical architecture and its building blocks. In the case of her sculptures this tends to lean towards a more fantastical approach in historical architecture. Alt questions the idea of utility with her chaotic simultaneity of past and future. Taking traditional methods to build grand and often fluorescent new structures that follow a very personal arrangement system, Alt challenges the viewer to see new beauty in her futuristic shapes.
Nadja Schütt defines chaos in her content; her illustrations and graphics deal with the absence and dissolution of order within society, as we know it. The very idea of such is recognizable in a complex, seemingly chaotic overlapping of colors and semi-humanoid forms. Their subjects, which are often sourced by the artist online and edited to her liking, take a critical look on the social processes of decay. Schütt, through her practice, alienates many of the recognizable characteristics of these figures, creating an ambivalence and anonymity affecting society at large in the greater contemporary context.
Leonard Traynor often combines old and new technology in not only his personal practice, but to a greater degree in his installations and multimedia arrangements. His tangle of cables, monitors and control devices for picture, sound and light unveils his logic at second glance, his meaning buried deeply within the works context while also hiding it in plain sight. Traynor’s chaos system is plays with the idea of visual disturbance and the non-humanoid attributes we encounter on a daily basis.
We cordially invite you to the opening of TRACES taking place on February 22nd, 2018 starting at 7pm and ending at 9pm.
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