CURATOR: KATHLEEN FORDE
This exhibition is the third in an ongoing series that presents a selection of recent accessions on view in the special exhibition galleries at Borusan Contemporary. The choice of works also functions as a representative snapshot of the geographic, esthetic, and genre based initiatives of Borusan’s recent collecting activities.
Artists include Leo Villareal, Kathrin Stumreich, Elco Brand, Rick Silva, Edward Burtynsky and Jeffrey Blondes. The works range from augmented reality installations and newly commissioned multichannel video to mesmerizing software driven video, digitized landscapes, and glitch portraits of future bird species.
Jeffrey Blondes’ multichannel film, shot in the Turkish village of Tazlar, unfolds the landscape of the village as it mutates throughout the four the seasons. The time-based visual poetry of each film is rooted in its relation to the precise length of the day it was filmed, longer in summer, shorter in winter.
Edward Burtynsky’s Augmented Reality (AR) Installation invites viewers to explore the recycling of automotive machine parts from a scrap yard in Accra, Ghana in 3 dimensions. The piece extends Burtynsky’s 40-year exploration of human systems and their impact on the planet.
In Leo Villareal’s Particle Fields software creates moving abstract geometric shapes that never repeat. Villareal’s use of this new media allows him to work in a higher resolution, giving the works a sense of depth, detail and motion.
The Silva Field Guide to Birds of a Parallel Future is comprised of short video clips, rendered in graphics software that presents glitchy, curious ornithological specimens of the future.
Eelco Brand uses both paint and digital techniques to create images that reflect his conception of nature. In this sense his works are not so much the depiction of an actual place or event, but the way he imagined it and modeled it in the calculated space of digital art.
The focal point of Kathrin Stumreich’s Sovereignty is a translucent flag. Its movement and choreography is controlled by complex robotics. This work’s poetry lies in the apparently random combinations of floating silk and gritty sound. Marked by sharp laser beams, elements associated with sovereignty can be found, such as leeway, a change of direction, or a drop.
Kathrin Stumreich, Sovereingty, 2017. Photograph: © Daniel Jarosch/Heart of Noise