VAULT EXTRA 30th JULY 2021
RONI HORN – A RAT SURRENDERED HERE
The enduring references and material choices of American artist Roni Horn are called upon and applied to considerations of death in her latest exhibition at Château La Coste. Engaging sculpture, photography and drawing, the exhibition offers the artist’s quintessential mediations on the coexistence of distant planes of ideas and/or space that culminate within the experiential quality of her work. A rat surrendered here harnesses light, shadow, and reflection – recurring qualities within Horn’s works – to specifically explore the figure of the double – often referred to as the Doppelgänger in literature and film. Through the device of mirroring, Horn invites contemplation of the mutability of identity and, with it, the unknowability of death. The title of the exhibition is inspired by a poem by Emily Dickinson, who is much admired by Horn and is also referenced in the artist’s iconic Key and Cue series (1994-1995).
Read more about the artist’s work here in On Being Alone, Not Lonely: The Solitude of Roni Horn by VAULT Editor, Alison Kubler, published in VAULT Issue 33, 2021.
Roni Horn, A rat surrendered here is on show at Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France until 24 October, 2021. Roni Horn is represented by Hauser & Wirth, New York and Xavier Hunfkens, Brussels.
Image credit: Installation view Roni Horn, A rat surrendered here, 2021 at Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France. Photo: François deladerrière
VAULT’s online viewing room highlights:
Marion Borgelt has a solo exhibition titled Silent Symphony showing at Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert. Silent Symphony references nature’s fundamental yet exquisite archetypal forms that are investigated by the artist across different materials. This combination explores that ways in which innate properties can be elevated to result in expressions of time and change. Click here to view the exhibition.
Image credit: Installation view Marion Borgelt, Silent Symphony, 2021 at Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert. Photo: Simon Hewson
Emerging Queensland artists Kyra Mancktelow and Dylan Mooney bring together their respective practices in printmaking and sculpture to explore their connection to Country in Continuous / Unbroken Bonds currently showing at N.Smith Gallery. You can view Continuous / Unbroken Bonds online here.
Image credit: Installation view Kyra Mancktelow and Dylan Mooney, Continuous / Unbroken Bonds, 2021 at N.Smith Gallery. Courtesy N.Smith Gallery
COMA is currently showing The Plaintiff’s Third Face, a new body of work by Melbourne-based artist Nick Modrzewski. The exhibition looks at how the law uses ‘masking’ to construct an elaborate fictional universe, populated by characters who are written into existence during legal disputes. The Plaintiff’s Third Face is accessible online here and will be on exhibition until August 14, 2021.
Image credit: Nick Modrzewski, Masks 1-54, 2021. Courtesy the artist and COMA Gallery
Galerie Pompom is currently showing Chaotic Good a solo exhibition of works by Emily Galicek that posit, how can a painting visually represent the way it feels to exist in the world today? The exhibition is available for viewing online here until August 1, 2021.
Image credit: Installation view Emily Galicek, Chaotic Good, 2021 at Galerie Pompom, Sydney. Photo: Docqment
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: RETURNING
Specially commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, Returning is an innovative and thought-provoking digital series that responds to the collective moment in time to offer succinct meditations on the events, experiences and propositions prompted by the pandemic. Chapter 1 features four artists from Australia and Japan, Yu Araki (Japan), Caroline Garcia (Australia), Cherine Fahd (Australia), Koki Tanaka (Japan), who together represent visionary and timely perspectives on the ever-changing world.
These new works respond to unprecedented conditions across social, political, psychological and public spaces and transforms shifts in our engagement with the world into visions of a possible future. Acclaimed Japanese visual artist Yu Araki reanimates the Greek underworld for Bivalvia: Act II, an experimental film featuring an opera-singing oyster puppet. New York-based Australian multi-hyphenate Caroline Garcia harnesses a body camera, typically used by the police force, for a timely meditation on grief, violence and resistance in Force of a .22 Calibre Bullet. Australian photographer and video artist Cherine Fahd’s offers a tender document of public connection, embrace and yearning in Play Proximus. Interdisciplinary Japanese artist Koki Tanaka surveys personal archives to explore the effects of COVID and self-isolation in Reflective Notes (Reconfiguration). To access these transportive works visit the purpose-built steaming platform click here.
Image credit: Cherine Fahd, Play Proximus (still), 2021, HD video, 10:37. Courtesy the artist