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Watchlist Artist: Magali Reus

Galerie Fons Welters is pleased to present 'Highly Liquid', an exhibition of new works by Magali Reus. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, comprising a video piece and a series of sculptural works.

The video Highly Liquid is encountered immediately upon entering the gallery. Shot in slow-motion high definition, the video features a man’s body in extreme close-up, the details of his figure in friction with a continuous flow of water from an unspecified source. The man himself remains neutral and detached; his age, character and whereabouts undefined and irrelevant, as the fragmented vignettes of image flatten what might be a full body into a single plane of focus. In a kind of mechanised voyeurism, the camera pans his abstracted contours, obsessively trained on the dips, outlines and sculpted moments of skin. The rhythmic formations of the water magnify and agitate an idea of retinal desire, but the moments are so fleeting that any idea of sexiness is laminated beyond reach of bodily heat or touch.

(text source: Galerie Fons Welters)

Magali ReusHighly Liquid,  2013,  HD video; 2 min 53 sec; Courtesy Galerie Fons Welters / Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij


More on Magali Reus (b. 1981,The Hague, The Netherlands)

Magali Reus lives and works in Amsterdam (NL) and London (UK). Reus studied at Goldsmiths in London and is currently a resident artist at The Rijksakademie. Solo exhibitions include Hands Down, unosolo project room, Milan (2013), ON, The Approach, London (2012); Weekend, Galerie Fons Welters (2010), Background, IBID Projects London, La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France (2009/2010); Group exhibitions include: Heavy duty, silent haze, racing hearts, FreymondGuth LTD, Zurich, CH (2013); Material World, NEST, The Hague, NL (2013); Painting Without Paint, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK (2012); superpositions, New Wight Biennial 2012, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; Rain, curated by Nicolas Deshayes, Cell Project Space, London, UK (2011), Young London, V22 Collection, London, UK (2011), Rehearsal, curated by Nazil Gurlek, Galeri NON, Istanbul, Turkey (2011).

(text source: Galerie Fons Welters)

Education:  MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, 2006 - 2008. BA (Hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, 2002 - 2005.  Art Foundation, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, 2001 - 2002.

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(Image on top: Magali Reus, Parking (Jogs), 2013, polyester resin, pigments, clear PVC, cotton, Airtex , 57 x 140 x 48,5 cm; Courtesy Galerie Fons Welters / Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 3/22/13 | tags: video-art installation mixed-media

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