The artist has been given the entirety of the gallery to invest. On his first visit he immediately noticed the specific architectural features of the place: the large monolithic volume amplified by a large window at street level, filling the space with daylight, and the adjacent second space with a square-shaped balcony circling a vast panoptical atrium revealing the surrounding offices of Bloomberg LP.
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For COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, David Lamelas has been given the entirety of the gallery to invest. On his first visit he immediately noticed the specific architectural features of the place: the large monolithic volume amplified by a large window at street level, filling the space with daylight, and the adjacent second space with a square-shaped balcony circling a vast panoptical atrium revealing the surrounding offices of Bloomberg LP.
Lamelas's subsequent response to this space was to explore anew the seminal work that he made in 1966 at the Instituto di Tella in Buenos Aires, titled Connection of three spaces, aka Extension of a limited spatial volume. This piece, initially proposed in response to the specific context of the space, revealed the influence that architecture could exert on a work of art. Here at Bloomberg SPACE, Lamelas is particularly interested in the existence of two radically different possibilities for experiencing the work: visitors to the gallery will most probably have only a single encounter with the work whereas employees at Bloomberg will come into contact with the piece repeatedly throughout the duration of the exhibition.
The dwelling is inhospitable because it seduces us, as does the book, into a labyrinth. The labyrinth here is an abyss: we plunge into the horizontality of a pure surface, which itself represents itself detour to detour.
Jacques Derrida, in “Ellipsis”, Writing and Difference, Routledge, London, 1978, pp 298
The presentation of Connection of three spaces now at Bloomberg Space not only e-emphasizes the relevance of the work as a conceptual exploration of space through sculpture but also reveals its affinity with Lamelas's constant engagement with cinematographic and literary fictions. Connection of three spaces is an exemplary example in the development of the artist's primary structures, which, following Ferdinand de Saussure's structuralist linguistic approach in affirming that language consists of an interplay of signs that are given identity by their difference to one another, posits the intricate relationship between art and language as a network of differences.
Vanessa Desclaux - curator based in Paris.
About Bloomberg SPACE
Bloomberg SPACE is a gallery based at Bloomberg's European headquarters in London and is dedicated to commissioning and exhibiting contemporary art. It welcomes visitors six days a week and admission is free.
50 Finsbury Square London EC2A 1HD
Open: Monday to Saturday 11am–6pm
Nearest stations: Moorgate & Liverpool Street