drifts (there is always ground, even at night)
Opening Brussels – Thursday, September 6, 2018 5 – 9 pm
MLF l Marie-Laure Fleisch is pleased to announce Nika Neelova’s first solo exhibition in a Belgian gallery, drifts (there is always ground, even at night), opening in conjunction with Brussels Gallery Weekend. The word ‘drifts’ is essential to the comprehension of Neelova’s oeuvre, as her works are located in a space in which time is ambiguous and formal aspects of the work are displaced from our current points of reference. Drift references a continuous slow movement, or the motion of being carried along by a natural force such as wind or water. It alludes to both the passage of time and the power of the elements to sweep up and transform that which is in their path. The second part of the exhibition’s title, there is always ground, even at night, is a phrase from Max Frisch’s 1979 novel Man in the Holocene, in which the protagonist attempts to regain lost memories and interpret the world around him with the help of encyclopedia entries. The novel does not adhere to traditional plot progressions, preferring to represent a continuous flow of thought and the description of various strategies the protagonist uses to place himself in a larger, planetary context.
Interested in the function of architecture and manmade objects in an imagined post-human future, Neelova works at the interstice of objects and their ruins, of the concrete and the imagined. Her works place the viewer in a position where they are grasping for meaning. Recognizable aspects of the everyday objects which surround us are combined with abstract structures which are both reminiscent of real forms and yet impossible to place. Real life objects are replicated in materials which render them useless, creating both a synthetic and handmade feel to the artworks. Starting from a human scale, Neelova expands her works to reflect architectural and even geological extensions of the bodily form… read more
Nika Neelova (1987, Moscow, Russia) lives and works in London. Her solo exhibitions include: Vigo Gallery, London, UK (Upcoming); Lemniscates, Independent Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium (2017); FAULTS FOLDS FALLS, Vigo Gallery, London, England (2015); I lean to you numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here, Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014) and Northern Taurids, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, England (2013). Her group exhibitions include: She sees the shadows, Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales (2018); XVII. The Age of Nymphs, Mimosa House, London, England (2017); Tell me net, Osnova, VinZavod Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2017); Antislip, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, England (2016); Archeologia e Architecture, by Institute for Emerging Art , New York, USA; Fondazione 107, Turin, Italy (2015); Lichtspiele, Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen, Germany (2014); Gaiety is most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London, England (2013); White Nights, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia (2013) and The Crisis Commission, Somerset House & Christie’s London, England (2012).
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