Solo exhibition: Atlanta
Marcia Wood Gallery, Jan. 17 - Feb. 12, 2012 - installation
Returning to Marcia Wood Gallery for their fifth Atlanta show,
Julia Venske and Gregor Spänle present the myzot, the latest
branch on the growing family tree of the sculptural genealogy that
started with the Smoerfs. Myzots can be characterised by their
suspicious movements toward people, objects, architecture and other
trappings of humanity. The artists, who live and work in New York
and Munich, began collaborating in 1991, and have developed a worldwide
reputation for their enigmatic marble sculptures.
Venske & Spänle, in their works, "play with the
ability of sculpture to accompany humans," as the artists
themselves describe it. "Like a different species [the sculptures]
live with people. They form a parallel universe, a species of 'organic'
beings operating in groups poised to populate within society." Exhibiting
their work worldwide, the artists are interested in the power of
art to alter an environment, as well as affect the people who experience
it. Using brilliantly pure white marble, the artists transform
the material from hard blocks into sensuous shapes that melt, fold,
dissolve, flow and wiggle. Light bounces off the highly polished
surfaces of the biomorphic forms, emphasizing the inflated curving
lines, folds and creases. In the spirit of surrealism the sculptures,
while abstract, evoke living forms. The work references pop-culture
as well, having been inspired by the cartoon characters they grew
up with, the Smurfs, while the pristine play of form, line and
light speak to minimalism. Working with a classic material
expertly by hand, Venske & Spanle bring each piece to life
with meticulous carving and labor intensive sanding and polishing.
The artists subvert the expectation of the viewer by suggesting
objects that are light, soft and malleable, while concealing at
first their origins of weight and mass, The various species
have to date, populated the globe from Atlanta to the Congo, India
to Las Vegas, Bolivia to New York City, the Pacific Islands to
Belgium, Peru to Australia, and other unexpected places, from urban
metropolises to the most remote island.
and Gregor Spänle, born in 1971
and 1969 respectively, live and work in New York and Munich. They
began collaborating on artwork in 1991. Their sculpture and installation
work has been shown in museums, galleries and art fairs worldwide,
including Bolivia, India, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Congo, Switzerland,
Australia, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South
Africa, as well as throughout the United States.
Solo exhibition: inside, Marcia Wood Gallery, Jan. 7 - Feb 13,
2010 - installation
Please see their website at www.eingriff.com
for more information.