27 July – 12 August 2012
Alexandra Unger, Water: A Site-Specific Installation For Deptford X 2012, 2012, (installation visual, detail)
Open daily, 24 hours during Deptford X: 27 July – 12 August 2012
Water depicts the artist as subject within the natural environment. The work draws a parallel between the human body and the element of water, which represents sixty percent of our biological make-up.
The imagery within the piece makes allusions to the surrounding plant-life – the green blanket of lesser-duckweed that clothes the surface of the pond where the work is sited, and notions of primitivism within anthropology and art history, the artist’s likeness here obliterated by drawings reminiscent of naïve art and those made by children. These depict the creation of life, the flowing of blood, and the motion of energy and emotions reconnected with nature in a location that represents a small remnant of the natural world enclosed on all sides by urban development.
Physically the installation takes the form of a near two-dimensional ‘figure within a landscape’, which suggests both the modernist tradition of organic or figurative forms within and complementing the natural world typified by the outdoor sculptures of artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and contemporary digital interventions into our aesthetic vocabulary such as CGI realisations for urban planning and how place is experienced through social-media and geo-tagging – the piece almost having the appearance of a composite of itself and the surrounding park produced in image manipulation software.
The project continues the artist’s ongoing series of performance and installation works in the parks of London. A series which also included Unger’s earlier exhibition of performance videoworks, Debitum Naturae, shown at the Trinity ∴ project space in Greenwich, London, in April, 2012..
Alexandra Unger, (b. 1978, Sweden) lives and works in London and Rome.
Unger’s work investigates humanity’s relationship to, and experience of the body on both physical, social and psychological levels. She is interested in the way the body is perceived in different belief-systems. Religion’s main ceremonies intrinsically consisting of celebrations of the body’s different phases through life, such as birth, puberty, kinship and death – marking rites of passage within social hierarchies.
Exhibitions include: Tomma Run Residency, Kil, Sweden (2012), Debitum Naturæ, Trinity ∴, London (2012), New York Hall of Science, New York, U.S.A (2012), Parlour Arts, London (2012), Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, UK (2011), The Swedish Church, London (2011), Galleria 291 Est, Rome, (2010), Vanishing Point Contemporary, Newtown, Australia (2010), Spazio Calisti, Perugia, Italy (2010), Kinetica Art Fair, London (2010), Future shorts, Rivington Place, London (2010), Studio DR Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2009).
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