The Eyes of the Skin
October 10 - 24, 2014
Opening: October 10, 17:00 - 22:00
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The Eyes of the Skin is a site-specific intervention into the architecture of New Shelter Plan gallery. The aim of the project is to evoke a sensory experience that goes beyond hearing and seeing. The eyes of the skin is a dialogue – between two artists, but also a dialogue between the work of these two artists, the architecture of the building, and between light and sound.
The two mediums, light and sound, leave a sensation of immateriality in the first confrontation of the perceiver with the almost empty gallery space. But the presumed emptiness dissipates as the physicality of both light and sound is recognised as omnipresent and thereby evocative of a bodily experience of these forces.
The previous architectonic obstacles are accentuated with site specific interventions, creating a division but also a connection between disparate spaces within the gallery, both spatial and conceptual, wherein an interchange between the known and unknown, the visible and the invisible exists.
Ultimately it is the architecture of the gallery that becomes the main object of the work; a landscape experienced through the senses of the perceiver. The vibrating symbiosis between light and sound invites the perceiver to wander through a continuously changing landscape activated by those mediums.
Isabelle Andriessen is a visual artist born in the Netherlands (1986). She studied at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL), where she received her BFA in 2013. Currently she is an MFA candidate at Malmö Art Academy (SE). She lives and works in Amsterdam and Malmö. She is a recipient of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fellowship. Her work consists sculpture, installation and performance and has been presented in places like Optical Pavilion, Moscow, Unfair, Amsterdam and Mediamatic Amsterdam. Her work has been presented in online art magazines like Metropolis M and Mister Motley. In July 2014 her work has been mentioned in VOGUE Russia. Recently she has been collaborating with the Dutch National Ballet. Her recent work concern the sensory experience examined through light installations and performances.
Anna Orlikowska is a visual artist born in Warsaw and based in Amsterdam and Chicago. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where she received her BFA in 2013. Currently she is an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fellowship as well as New Artist Society Scholarship Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work consists of performances, sound and video installations and has been presented in places like Galeria TAC in Rio de Janeiro (2014), Casa do Povo in Sao Paulo (2013), Holland Festival in Amsterdam (2012) and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago (2011). As a performer she has collaborated with several artists, including New York based artist Andrea Geyer on the piece for the opening of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Public Program (2012). In September 2013 her work has been mentioned in ArtReview. Her recent work focuses on site specific installations using sound and performative gesture.