Installations. A series of works concerned with the aftermath of these actions, or with their potential to take place. Kayaks are a recurring motif in Signer's work, and two of these will appear in the main gallery.
Exhibitions Curator Graham Domke
Kayaks, cannons and catapults are all employed by the internationally renowned artist Roman Signer for his solo exhibition at DCA this summer.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Signer has become synonymous with playful actions exploring chance, space and time. For this exhibition DCA will focus upon a series of works concerned with the aftermath of these actions, or with their potential to take place.
The first gallery will be given over to a single work in which the artist will attempt to knock over a grid of standing wooden posts. Viewers will be able to walk around the precarious installation.
Kayaks are a recurring motif in Signer’s work, and two of these will appear in the main gallery. One will be launched into the wall of the gallery using a catapult, released when a candle burns through a rope. The resulting debris will be left untouched throughout the exhibition’s run.
A second kayak artwork will see the boat filled with over 200 litres of whisky donated by William Grant and Sons Ltd, in a strange and playful reversal of the vessel’s usual relationship with water. In other works, a steel cannon is pointed at an open tent and bottles of whisky are suspended on strings and blown in circles by electrical fans.
Roman Signer was born in Appenzell, Switzerland, in 1938. He studied at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich, in 1966, the Schule für Gestaltung, Lucerne, between 1969 – 1971 and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, from 1971 – 1972. He lives and works in St. Gallen.
Presented in association with the Barbican. Exhibition supported by Pro Helvetia, with thanks to Galerie Hauser & Wirth and William Grant and Sons Ltd.
Image: Roman Signer, Kayak with Fountain, 2015. Installation view, Roman Signer: Slow Movement, Barbican Curve gallery
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Alona Pardo, Curator for the Barbican Centre London, who realised Roman Signer’s recent exhibition Slow Movement, discusses the experience of working with the artist with Graham Domke, Exhibitions Curator at DCA.
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