Both works presented in this exhibition play with the notion of measurement and appropriate esthetical, conceptual or theoretical references, playfully using the context of art history as a flexible grid on which reflections can be placed.
Before entering the exhibition the viewer is presented with a floor plan of which only one of the works mentioned is visible in the space.
This work, ‘Ruler‘, a half white half black hair stretched in an acryl container evokes a voodoo-like object in a natural history cabinet or a tool measuring an individual’s life span. By starting with white and ending up with black, this life line naturally tempts one to mentally flip the object around its central point, reversing the reading order to get back to a chronological storyline.
The minimalist look of this object creates friction with the almost shamanistic narrative it generates, playing on expectations and appearances.
‘Transposition’, the second work, only appears as a schema on the floor plan.
It appropriates a theory published in 1963 called Proxemics that aimed to establish the measurable distances between people as they interact.
This study is included in the work’s description as the material and a footnote to the title proposes to use this material as a means to question semantics and subsequently reinterpret the whole theory.
Considering that over the last 50 years the interventions of the private sector resemble what was formerly related to the domain of the public powers, insidiously transforming the public space into private space, this transposition of a 60s theory wonders how to redefine the public territory nowadays.
These two works share an attempt to reflect on notions of sculpture and time.
They both appropriate esthetics that recall certain genres and put forward specific formal aspects to be loaded with a narrative. That way they mix different theoretical fields (conceptual, esthetical, literary, sociological, and historical) to broaden possible readings of the way a work is embedded in its time-frame.
While ‘Ruler’ reduces the sculpture to a compact object and merges a minimalistic form with an almost animistic content, ‘Transposition’ presents a sociological diagram from the 60s as an invisible sculpture in an expanding form resembling the strategies from the same era only to have it fold back onto itself.
In this manner, far from wanting to reproduce academic demonstrations, these works use an historical background not only to comment on the idea of sculpture but to measure a socio-political shift taking place over a precise period of time. They try to adapt to a new card game largely set by conceptual strategies of which the deck has completely changed.
Annaïk Lou Pitteloud (CH, 1980) finished the Hochschule der Kunste Bern in 2005 and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in 2010-2011. Her work was on view a/o in Kunsthalle Bern, Witte de With and Deuxpiece in Basel. In 2010 she was granted with a fellowship from Pro Helvetia.
More information on Pittelouds work can be found on www.annaikloupitteloud.com
On Tuesday 24 January Annaïk Lou Pitteloud will give an artist talk on her work. Everyone is welcome to join us from 20 hrs.