South likes: Power of Chi at SPREEZ, Munich

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Calori & Maillard, installation shot, Power of Chi, 2014, SPREEZ, Munich. Photo: Camillo Büchelmeier

South likes: Power of Chi at SPREEZ, Munich
Power of Chi
SPREEZ, Munich, Germany
7 June – 12 July, 2014

Text by Michelangelo Corsaro

With the title Power of Chi, the exhibition on display at SPREEZ refers to a concept of traditional Chinese culture that can be explained as the energy flow that constitutes the active principle of life. A tight group of works responds with subtle irony to the impossibility to understand such a principle in terms of human language. The work of Diango Hernandez consists of a watermelon, an orange and a banana, floating at eyesight height. The fruits, pierced by a steel cord that binds them together, refer to tropical images of prosperity and to the generative force of life. Yet the fruits are subjected to a process of natural decay, which takes place over the course of the exhibition. The artists’ duo Calori & Maillard play with the shapeshifting structure of two deck-chairs to confuse the boundaries between painting and sculpture: as one of them is folded and hanging on the wall like a painting, the other one is open and occupies the space of the venue in a rather sculptural fashion. These two functional objects, testing the interchangeability of two different artistic paradigms, are to be connected to a second work by the artists’ duo. Calori & Maillard replaced the lighting of the venue with a light sculpture made of tanning lamps, naming it with the title Bronze, which refers both to sculptural materials and to the dark tone of tanned skin (as from the italian word abbronzatura). Lisa Holzer, the third artist in the show, contributes with a series of framed prints. One represents some red blots, oscillating between the materiality of ketchup and the chromatic quality of blood, while the other three are rather inform light grey drawings, which can hardly be seen, floating in a white horizonless background. Maybe the exhibited works won’t solve all of a sudden the mystery of Chi, and this couldn’t possibly the aim of the show, however they respond to the apparition of this mystery with the only possible answer: a senseless and yet deeply aware ironic smile.

http://www.spreez.de/exhibitions_power%20of%20chi.html

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Lisa Holzer, installation shot, Power of Chi, 2014, SPREEZ, Munich. Photo: Camillo Büchelmeier

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Power of Chi, installation shot, 2014, SPREEZ, Munich. Photo: Camillo Büchelmeier

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Power of Chi, installation shot, 2014, SPREEZ, Munich. Photo: Camillo Büchelmeier

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Power of Chi, installation shot, 2014, SPREEZ, Munich. Photo: Camillo Büchelmeier

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Power of Chi, installation shot, 2014, SPREEZ, Munich. Photo: Camillo Büchelemeier

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Diango Hernandez, installation shot, Power of Chi, 2014, SPREEZ, Munich. Camillo Büchelmeier

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