Bits and Pieces
Nils Völker
March 12 - April 15, 2016

Bits and Pieces transforms the gallery into a space of poetic performance through the choreographic movements of ordinary objects. The organic rhythms of the sculpture allow for a new language to emerge that influences how we come to understand the functions of everyday, disregarded objects. As writer and curator Sabin Bors suggests, a space for experimentation emerges: “The subliminal world of gestures and unmotivated actions creates a choreographic terrain to explore, one in which viewers can also reflect upon the relations they establish, perform and interact with.”

The exhibition consists of a single sculpture made out of 108 motorized Hoberman’s spheres that open and close in orchestrated rhythms. The floating, colorful everyday objects merge into a single entity, an almost living organism that modulates, attempting to find a poetic balance between space, electricity and relationships. The movements generate a tension between the planned and the accidental, with each new variation opening up possibilities for interpretation. The sculptural presence draws attention away from the technical underpinnings of the finite object to a world of imaginative motional processes.

Nils Völker has been commissioned to create site-specific works by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, MUDAC Lausanne, Kunstmuseum Celle, and the OÖ Kulturquartier in Linz. Völker’s works are included in the collections of the Kunstmuseum Celle mit Sammlung Robert Simon, Celle (Germany), and the Fourth West Lake International Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, Hangzhou (China); his most recent solo show was presented at M0Bi, The Netherlands in 2015.


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