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waxy pith presents Precarious Interchange

Precarious Interchange is the art event organized by WAXY PITH, it presents new works by Stian Ådlandsvik (NO), Sébastien Chou (FR), Juan Fontanive (US), Sophie Giraux (FR), Antonia Low (DE) and Olve Sande (NO).

Variously apparent are aspects of fragility, ruin, illusionism, displacement, accumulation, interference, distortion, transference, mimesis, formation, excavation, and inversion. A selection of these characteristics, intrinsic to each or to one another, dart across the room – some remaining schtum while others softly flap and hum. With modesty, not brashness, each emanates its story, offering to reveal the details to all who venture close. Indeed, imbued in every one of these artworks, upon its inception and throughout the process of becoming, is a certain precariousness that has thus become essential to its finished state.

STIAN ÅDLANDSVIK is an artist with an archaeological bent. Drawings, photographs and sculptures variously materialise from historical and contemporary events and objects that he has evaluated and recontextualised. Reflections of the past intertwine with ideals and visions of the future. His works are often reorganised hybrids, in which the constituent parts derive from precise origins and connections he has explored and dissected, discernable through the unveiling of a certain logic or thought process.

• As a photographer, SEBASTIEN CHOU is inclined to take a background position. A work begins with a seed of inspiration, often brought by collaboration with a musician or writer. On hearing a song or reading a passage, he begins to conceive of imagery that will align with it in an absolute way. Having so homologised, the singular work is permeated with the essence of the source and has thereby inherited its innermost traits, rendering this very entity independently potent.

• Often recycling the mechanical components of found bicycles, clocks and thelike to formulate his kinetic artworks, JUAN FONTANIVE’s interest lies in the splendour of sequential and repetitive movement. By hand-crafting the constituent parts, including the drawing or painting of characters in some cases, he creates work that overtly assumes a life of its own, a composition of movement accompanied by the inherent sound of the mechanism, delivering multidimensional sensory output saturated in poesy.

SOPHIE GIRAUX is a moulder of poetry. Whether realised through video projectin, sculpture or installation, each of her works is the pure manifestation of its poetic content. Sometimes at the core is a true story steeped in emotion or nostalgia, others times it is a current contemplation; always, the meaningfulness contained in its expression is ripe, and its physicality, while sound, possesses the patent quality of sheer ephemerality.

• Context means everything to ANTONIA LOW. She is drawn to accretions, elements that have attached themselves to surfaces within spaces, usually due solely to human habitation. These remnants of activity form the raw material from which her work springs forth, each time uniquely configured in response to the particularity of factors present. In detaching and reinterpreting these standard elements, the hitherto benign fixtures and their formerly hidden underbellies become the most characterful items in the room.

• Possessed of a balance of architectural, historical and literary substance, OLVE SANDE’s works are striking for the peculiar resonance they evoke. Using the materials of ordinary building construction, he interferes with surface structure or rearranges parts, assigning to them an entirely new purpose, generating a form impregnated with autonomously applied reference. Thus charged with meaning his works are at once recognisable and unconventionally contrived.

Downtown Brussels – Ste-Catherine | rue d’Ophem 55 | rue de Barchon 11 | Quai au Bois de Construction
28 October – 13 November 2011, 19 – 22h