For Comma series over 30 of today's most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work. Through sculpture and film, David Jablonowski explores the way language is established and developed and then reproduced technically in relation to political and historical discourse. Myriam Mechita creates a landscape of sprawling murals and sculptures which take over the walls and floor of the gallery.
As an artist, Jablonowski asks questions about the potential of communication in contemporary visual culture. Through sculpture and film, he explores the way language is established and developed and then reproduced technically in relation to political and historical discourse. For Jablonowski, 'History has been produced and constructed by sign-constructions, which means that historical events, structures and processes are inseparably connected to their representation.'
For COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, Jablonowski will transform the front gallery through a series of specially commissioned sculptures and film. The sculptures made from plaster, paper, and metal use a range of principles to establish form and positioning. They are surrounded by a web of moving images consisting of 4 sequences referring to semiotic history. The sculptures keep the viewer at a distance so they are unable to decipher the display's immediate meaning. The repetitive and unsustainable promise of a valid direction of communication is expressed in the work which questions the contemporary understanding of sign systems; making us aware, not only of the transience of visual language, but also of the display systems at work.
Myriam Mechita's installations function like a window into the artist's dream, creating a fantastic visual universe. The work stimulates the spectator's attention by soliciting the memory of her senses. Drawings are constructed from discontinued lines, wallpapers are made of thousands of patiently embroidered sequins, and her sculptures are created from encrusted pearls. Light is central to the work, and through intensely engaging our perception by multiplying mirrors, split images, palindromes and shapeless shadows, she builds on an illusion.
Mechita's new work for COMMA creates a landscape of sprawling murals and sculptures which take over the walls and floor of the back gallery. Her phantasmagorical world combines animals, skulls, mountains, and castles in ruins. It is a mythical world made contemporary. Her use of materials conveys an undeniable glamour and decadence: latex, glitter, coloured pearls and feathers are used alongside painted wood, and ceramic.
Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today's most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions.
The program is curated by Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.
COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg's reputation for arts sponsorship.
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