Out of Empty
28 March 2013 — 11 May 2013
In the Room Magali Reus presents Out of Empty, consisting of two new works: Parking (Slip), a single fold-open chair mounted at low level on the wall and Out of Empty, a glass container sitting seamlessly inside the wall between the main gallery and the Room.
Upon entering one has the sensation of being in a transitory space, where one is held to wait before moving on to the next. This temporary moment of transience and deferral, before completion or arrival, according to Reus contains the most exciting potential, relating it to the moment in the production process when a liquid mass gets transformed into a finished product.
This idea of material being in flux between liquid and solid states is translated into the glass container, holding a series of objects cast from aluminium batteries and black polyurethane rubber watches which are stranded in a layer of iced water. Just as the watches have become obsolete accessories, the batteries here – usually capsules of fluid energy setting things into motion – have turned into fossils venting their own ineffectuality. (…)
Magali Reus (1981, The Hague, The Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam (NL) and London (UK). Reus studied at Goldsmiths in London and is currently a resident artist at The Rijksakademie. Solo exhibitions include Highly Liquid, Galerie Fons Welters, Hands Down, unosolo project room, Milan (2013), ON, The Approach, London (2012); Weekend, Galerie Fons Welters (2010), Background, IBID Projects London, La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France (2009/2010); Group exhibitions include: Heavy duty, silent haze, racing hearts, FreymondGuth LTD, Zurich, CH (2013); Material World, NEST, The Hague, NL (2013); Painting Without Paint, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK (2012); superpositions, New Wight Biennial 2012, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; Rain, curated by Nicolas Deshayes, Cell Project Space, London, UK (2011), Young London, V22 Collection, London, UK (2011), Rehearsal, curated by Nazil Gurlek, Galeri NON, Istanbul, Turkey (2011).
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