Three Rooms – Galerie Gabriel Rolt
Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to present Three Rooms, an exhibition curated by founder and curator of The Composing Rooms in Berlin, Ché Zara Blomfield.
Three Rooms’ pretext is that we live in a world where digital and material realities inform and construct one another. In architecture, for example, digital renders bear increasing resemblance to the constructions they envisage. This can also be seen in reverse: the digital imitates the physical.
Spiros Hadjidjanos, Sara Ludy, and Priscilla Tea navigate disparate digital processes, resulting in forms of sculpture, video and painting, all that effect spatial awareness. Sara Ludy collects and/or documents familiar architectural scenes; facades, landscapes, still life window settings, presenting imagery of both digital and physical non-hierarchically, and often blurring distinction between the two. In her video works, her own 3D renders of unoccupied locations and dreamscapes are presented as temporal abstract compositions. Her structures are depicted in states of flux; collapsing, hovering, overlapping, they emphasise an uninhabitable, yet strangely inviting place.
While Ludy’s work could be interpreted as liberating the physical from the burdens of reality, Priscilla Tea’s paintings escape the spatial limitations of their origins on a screen. Ambiguous expanses of sky or structure are depicted with computerised traits of format, gradation andfixed- width colour blocking and rendered in thin layers of oil, painted by Tea onto large canvases.
Her paintings seem to be a meditative reflection upon our engagement with images via a screen, rather than a representation of it. Their scale and interplay between depth and flatness also form an impact on perception of space they’re exhibited in, consequently resisting documentation and reinsertion to the virtual.
Spiros Hadjidjanos is interested in the physical engineering at the foundations of the digital. In many of his sculptures he materialises the often unseen elements of the virtual, such as the internet, in his sculptural ethernet cables and ‘Network Time’. Both data and material create his 3D Alumide prints, which utilise ‘displacement mapping’ to turn a 2D image into a 3D surface. His works are then installed to draw further attention to the physical gallery space.
Ché Zara Blomfield, New Zealand, – lives in Berlin and London. Founded The Composing Rooms in London in 2010 and curated the program ‘The Green Room’ in 2012 presenting eight international artists in their first solo exhibitions in the UK, supported by Arts Council England. In 2014 she established an experimental space in Berlin and an online gallery: room.thecomposingrooms.com. Exhibitions curated also include; Material – Welcome Screen, London and Instagram; Not Abstraction – Yves Klein Archives, Paris (both 2014); Jasper Spicero – Open Shape, New York and Repeat Pattern – Gloria Knight, Auckland (NZ) (both 2013). She is Associate Director of the Berlin Gallery Neumeister BarAm.
Spiros Hadjidjanos, 1978, Greece, – lives in Berlin. Studied at UdK, Berlin, Leiden University, Leiden and Athens School of Fine Arts – Athens and has received UdK Meisterschülerpreis des Präsidenten, DAAD Postgraduate Award and the Fulbright scholarship. Solo exhibitions include; Predigital Space, Future Gallery; Composition, Integration, System (CIS) Neumeister BarAm (both Berlin); The Performativity of Things (with Rubén Grilo) – CA2M, Madrid (all 2014); Local Manifestations – Future Gallery, Berlin (2013) and Displacement Maps, von cirne, Cologne (2012). Group exhibitions include; Unstable Media – Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam; (n)on site – k.m. Temporaer; The Legend of the Shelves – Autocenter and Flow (ReEdit), Import Projects (all Berlin 2013).
Sara Ludy, 1980, Santa Ana, CA, USA. Ludy studied a BFA New Media with Presidential Scholarship from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo exhibitions include; Xpo Gallery, Paris (upcoming 2015); Place – room.thecomposingrooms.com; Dream House – Ditch Projects, Springfield, OR (both 2014); SPHERES 120 – Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York (2013); Rooms – klausgallery.net (2012); Diaporamas – Hex Gallery, Kansas City and Walkthroughs – bubblebyte.org (2011).She has participated in Artist Lectures and Panel discussions including; Visiting Artist Talks at University of Colorado Boulder (2014); University of Oregon Eugene (2013) and Alberta College of Art and Design (2012); ProAm: Art and Culture on the Internet, Western Front; Vancouver, BC and Conversations at the Edge: A Space InBetween, Gene Siskel Film Center; Chicago, IL (both 2012).
Priscilla Tea, 1983, Milan, Italy. Tea’s solo exhibitions; The Composing Rooms, Berlin (2014); I Made It Through The Wilderness – Preteen Gallery, Mexico City (2013) and Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan (2012). Group exhibitions include; Ñewpressionism – Swiss Institute of Rome, Milan (2014); Thessaloniki Biennale 4 – Thessaloniki, Greece; Brutally morbid axe of satan, ReMap4 – Preteen Gallery, Athens, Greece; Guide to the Galaxy – Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan; The Eternal Internet Brotherhood – Mexico City (all 2013); BYOB – Museo Pecci, Milan (2012) and BYOB – Padiglione Internet (The Island of the Net), Venice Biennale, Venice (2011).
Galerie Gabriel Rolt – Tolstraat 84, Amsterdam
17 January 2015 – 14 February 2015