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ANNET GELINK GALLERY: Anya Gallaccio - Highway
in the Bakery: Alex Farrar - Self-Titled
- 10 Sept 2011 to 12 Nov 2011

Current Exhibition


10 Sept 2011 to 12 Nov 2011
tuesday to friday 10 am - 6 pm saturdays 1 - 6 pm
Private View: saturday 10th September 5-7 pm
ANNET GELINK GALLERY
Laurierstraat 187-189
NL-1016 PL
Amsterdam
Netherlands
Europe
T: 31 20 3302066
F: 31 20 3302065
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W: www.annetgelink.com











Anya Gallaccio - Highway
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Artists in this exhibition: Anya Gallaccio, Alex Farrar


Anya Gallaccio - Highway

10th September to 12th November 2011
Private View: Saturday 10th September 5-7 pm

Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents its fourth exhibition by Anya Gallaccio (Paisley, Scotland, 1963). highway is based on a transatlantic journey; one boulder made the far crossing from the South-West of the United States to Amsterdam. The stone sits in three different manifestations on the gallery floor. Gallaccio alienated it from its original environment - the ancient deserts of California - and transformed it into an artwork.

Three years ago Gallaccio moved from London to San Diego to teach as a professor of visual arts at the University of California. The journey of the stone to Europe therefore, also represents Gallaccio's personal journey. The stone, which was selected by Gallaccio during a road trip that began at the ocean and travelled through California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, bears an incomprehensible history of the earth that goes back much farther than that of man. Here on the gallery floor the awe-inspiring relations between nature, man and art become tangible.

The stone sits in the middle of the room, blanketted with a broken car windscreen found buried in the desert. In front is a concrete block containing a crater, cast from the surface of the stone. A bronze cast of the stone sits at the back as a reflection of the acual boulder. The materials chosen are characteristic of Anya Gallaccio's preference for natural materials: the bronze (an alloy of copper and tin), the broken car glass and the concrete (a sand bond) all refer to the origin of the boulder.

The works in highway remind one of the work of land art artists such as Robert Smithson, who found in the earth again the mysticism of nature. Gallaccio's black and white photos are microscopic close-ups of dirt she collected during the road trip. The photographs and the sculptures appear to both focus in and expand the landscape, which can be seen simultaneously as both a physical and mental landscape which belong to the domain of imagination. Gallaccio:

"I wanted to make landscapes with an epic sense of scale, or a strangeness, like planets, and remote unexplored worlds from these tiny particles, normally overlooked, literally under our feet."


the bakery

Alex Farrar - Self-Titled

Opening 10 September 2011

Alex Farrar (Leeds, 1986) shows in Self-Titled four works from the past four years. Self-Titled refers to the debut albums of well-known rock bands who with their band as album title (Led Zeppelin - 'Led Zeppelin') published their best material so far - and became a big success. Farrar's works point the visitors subtly to their own viewing habits. On the floor is a spotless white carpet which during the exhibition will make the tracks of visitors and gallery assistants visible. On the wall hangs a life-size photograph of an official of the Olympics giving the start signal. The signal announces a new beginning, but of what? On the other wall is a homemade suit, worn by Farrar at openings as representation of the professional artist. Sometimes a cardboard box floats by, without being bothered by visitors, time and space. Without borders.


ANNET GELINK GALLERY
Laurierstraat 187-189
NL-1016 PL
Amsterdam
Netherlands
Europe
T: 31 20 3302066
F: 31 20 3302065
www.annetgelink.com


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