Chasing Rainbows

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As the moon turns in space , 2011 Archival Pigment Print On Rag Paper 20.3 X 27.2 Cm Edition Of 3 © Courtesy of the Artist and Annet Gelink Gallery
© Courtesy of the Artists and Annet Gelink Gallery
plain as your eyes can see, 2011 Archival Pigment Print On Rag Paper 27.2 X 20.3 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Annet Gelink Gallery
Chasing Rainbows

Laurierstraat 187-189
1016 PL Amsterdam
January 19th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2013
Opening: January 19th, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Canal Girdle
+ 31 20 3302066
Tues-Fri 10-6; Sat 1-6
photography, mixed-media, installation, sculpture


Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents the group exhibition Chasing Rainbows. The poetic title is  derived from a work of the same name by Anya Gallaccio. ‘Chasing Rainbows’ is a saying, used to  describe when one tries in vain to realise something impossible. In 1998 Gallaccio turned this  expression into reality. With light and fine glass elements, she created a rainbow that was  continuously shifting and disappearing from the spectator’s field of vision, each time at the moment  they wanted to come closer. This elusive quality sets the tone for Chasing Rainbows, the exhibition.

The work of Anya Gallaccio, Antonis Pittas and Sarah van Sonsbeeck is just as elusive as Gallaccio’s  shifting rainbow. In Chasing Rainbows their work meets for the first time and it is striking how much  time, transformation and space play a role in all of their practices. The site-specific installations in  Chasing Rainbows not only change meaning during their exhibition but sometimes even change their  forms. 

Anya Gallaccio’s work is of an elusive nature and consists mainly of organic materials which are  transformed during their exhibition. For Chasing Rainbows Anya Gallaccio will install the work Head  over heals (Barcelona) from 1995, consisting of 365 orange Gerberas strung together in the form of a  daisy chain. Sarah van Sonsbeeck presents Moment of Bliss (2011), a light installation made for the  Funeral Museum (Uitvaartmuseum) in Amsterdam. With this work Van Sonsbeeck imitates the colours  of a sunset, simply because they make you happy. The installation conforms effortlessly to the  gallery’s space and illuminates the visitors both literally and metaphorically. Antonis Pittas  contributes his marble sculpture Landart (2012) - a replica of a step of the Syndagma Square in  Athens – on which a sample from a newspaper headline is hand drawn in graphite. The text confers the  harsh words of Christine Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in which Lagarde  reminds Greece of the fact that they are struggling with economic problems, and of their obligation  towards the international community by repeating time and again the word ‘implementation’. Pittas  takes the words out of their original context and investigates how they can have a new meaning  within the gallery’s space. Just like Gallaccio’s work, Landart has an evolving nature: Pittas has  vowed to return to the work midway through the exhibitions run and erase the sentence, replacing it  with a new sentiment. At the end of the exhibition the new sentence is removed and only the memory  will remain. 

Chasing Rainbows also marks the moment at which the large monographic publication Anya Gallaccio,  will be launched. This book, with essays by Norman Bryson, Briony Fer, Lucia Sanromán and Jan van  Adrichem, is available in the gallery. In addition, the publication Sessizlik Belediyesi / Municipality  of Silence, Sarah van Sonsbeeck’s latest book, will be celebrated. In this book, in her continuous  search for silence, Van Sonsbeeck has invited her friends and colleagues to define what silence means  to them.  

Anya Gallaccio studied at Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College (London). Early in her career  she received international recognition through her participation in Damien Hirst’s ‘Freeze’  exhibition. Gallaccio has exhibited at many national and international, solo and group exhibitions,  including Camden Arts Centre (London), Sculpture Center (New York), Barbican Gallery (London),  Palazzo delle Papesse (Italy), Annet Gelink Gallery (Amsterdam), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany. In  2003 she was nominated for the Turner Prize and presented her work at Tate Britain, London. She is a  professor of the Visual Art department of the University of California, San Diego.

Antonis Pittas (1973) studied Fine Art at Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam) and at Sandberg Institute  (Amsterdam). In 2010 Pittas held a residency at the Van Abbemuseum, where he realised a project in  the Eye (Oog). Recent exhibitions include the Benaki Museum (Athens), the Bakery (Annet Gelink  Gallery, Amsterdam) and CCS Bard Galleries (Hessel Museum), NY. 

Sarah van Sonsbeeck (1976) studied Architecture at TUDelft (MA) and Expressive Arts at Gerrit  Rietveld Academie (BA). During 2008 and 2009 she held a residency at Rijksacademie van Beeldende  Kunsten (Amsterdam). Recent exhibitions of her work have taken place at Museum De Paviljoens  (Almere), The Bakery (Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Museum  Abteiberg (Mönchengladbach), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven).

The main gallery show continues in the Bakery