_ Opening Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7 - 9 pm
REGINE SCHUMANN [DE] + JEONGMOON CHOI [KR]
- GILBERT HSIAO [US]
dr. julius | ap closes out 2017 with ULTRAVIOLETT.
The exhibition features works by Jeongmoon Choi and Regine Schumann that enable the viewer to perceive interactions between space, object, and color in unfamiliar ways.
HITPARADE, an interactive installation by Gilbert Hsiao, expands the experience with the elements of movement and sound.
The use of so-called “black light,” whose special qualities are integral to all three artists’ practices, gives rise to an extraordinary, and comprehensively different experience of art.
The gallery’s main rooms are transformed by the interactions between Korean artist Jeongmoon Choi’s constructive sculptural installation and Cologne-based Regine Schumann’s fluorescent acrylic glass objects. While Choi creates a traversable sculpture from optically dense luminous white surfaces of thread, stretched artistically across the space, Schumann’s radiant wall sculptures mix light to create fields of color that stand in precise relation to Choi’s piece. With the addition of ultraviolet light, the artistic space thus created holds a distinctive magic that is both jarring and fascinating.
In the “Kabinett,” the gallery’s smaller space, viewers can also experiment for themselves with optical effects under a black light by choosing arrangements of spinning discs—vinyl records in standard sizes that Brooklyn-based artist Gilbert Hsiao has painted with geometrical shapes. The visual experience is also influenced by the addition of music: in the background, a symphony plays—but stretched to a length of 24 hours, its extreme slow speed turning it strange and alienating.
Together, the situation of heightened perception offered by these works intentionally explodes the traditional boundaries of a gallery exhibition, presenting an attractive contribution to the field of light-based art, and demonstrating its possibilities as an artistic concept.
JEONGMOON CHOI [KR] + REGINE SCHUMANN [DE]
- in the Kabinett GILBERT HSIAO [US] - HITPARADE
Opening Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7–9 pm
Exhibition through February 10, 2018
Thursday – Saturday 3–7 pm and by appointment
About the artists:
Korean artist Jeongmoon Choi’s [b. 1966, Seoul, Corea] installations challenge our perception and imagination, allowing us to experience time and space in other ways [...]. Stretching threads as if she were making line drawings, Choi undertakes architectural interventions, transforming spaces without altering them in works of great beauty and undeniable conceptual depth. Her installations are not only reflections about our powerlessness in the face of nature phenomena or about our responsibility in modifying the environment—they are also metaphors of our alienating contemporary lifestyle.
The possibility of entering and walking around in Choi’s constructions plays with our perception, as our initial bewilderment is gradually replaced by the discovery of new points of view in a surprising aesthetic experience. While in some pieces the use of ultraviolet light confronts us with an apparent unreality that challenges our mind and our gaze, in others the physical impact of our interaction is recorded as an analogy of how human actions alter the environment.
Whether she draw lines with threads, pencil or other media, Jeongmoon Choi lends new meanings to the line’s expressive possibilities [...].
Nina Zambrano, President of the Board of Directors & General Director of MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey [MX]
Color, light, material, form, and space—in Regine Schumann’s [b.1961 in Goslar, Germany] work, these fundamental concepts of art find unique and highly compressed expression. Though influenced by painting, through which medium she developed a deep understanding of color, Schumann left the constraints of the discipline behind early on in her career. An engagement with light and color, with the collective effects of their qualities in relation to each other—both the harmonies and the contrasts—took her work in new directions. After exploring of a wide variety of materials, for the past years Schumann has concentrated on fluorescent acrylic glass. In particular, the unique qualities of this industrially produced material—in terms of light, color, refraction, control, retention, filtering, and composition—allow a virtuosic range of possibilities for the artist to engage with her artistic themes. Her acrylic glass pieces are extremely precise geometric objects, each of whose specific inner color-worlds relate in constantly subtly changing ways to the play of light in the surrounding space, which changes according to season and time of day. The selective use of black lighting emphasizes these interactions and significantly enhances the visual experience of the color-spaces created by the work. Each piece develops a unique, highly aesthetic, yet also sensually perceptible aura. “I invite the viewer to find himself in the image, to enter into the colored light,” Schumann explains.
Viewed as a whole, Regine Schumann’s work is an impressive example of the kind of contemporarily significant minimal-concrete art dr. julius | ap is proud to present. This work challenges the viewer to explore the essential relationships of things themselves and the world as it is through close observation and perception. [...]Regine Schumann’s works have been shown in renowned galleries, museums, and institutions, as well as in many private and public collections worldwide.
Matthias Seidel, dr. julius | ap
For more than twenty years, Gilbert Hsiao [b. 1956 in Easton, Pennsylvania.US] has explored the mechanics of visual perception. He works with and also against the physiological mechanism of sight which we all utilize to perceive the external world. He makes work that, although physically static, appears to move between different kinds of space that have duration and, at times, speed. Raw experience takes the place of narrative, history, and interpretation. His paintings of the past decade, sometimes in adoption of shaped wooden panels, are characterized by their use of intricately overlayed, exacting stripes of color. The shapes created an active, continuously shifting surface, with no traditional sense of top or bottom, left or right. Recently his investigations have led to work presented in unconventional lighting situations, like ultraviolet light, and expanded scale, especially works on walls. The interactive installation HITPARADE has first been displayed at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas [US] and Raygun Projects in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Hsiao’s exhibition venues include MOMA PS 1 [New York], Indianapolis Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Mass MOCA [Massachusetts], White Columns [New York], Minus Space [Brooklyn], Gallerie Nara Roseler [Sao Paolo], IS Projects [Leiden], Sydney Non Objective [Sydney] and dr. julius | ap, Berlin.
Matthew Deleget, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn/NY + Matthias Seidel