Friday, 18 April 2014

TAUBA AUERBACH - THE NEW AMBIDEXTROUS UNIVERSE – THE ICA

Installation view of  Square Helix (Z), 2014, [stainless steel and powder coating]  and The New Ambidextrous Universe III, 2014, [plywood and aluminium].

Titled after Martin Gardner’s book The New Ambidextrous Universe the exhibition is an exploration into topology and transfiguring three dimensions into the fourth dimension.

The exhibition is Auerbach’s first UK solo show (slightly surprising really) and highlights Auerbach’s breadth and fusion of media and forms. Utilising new technologies has enabled Auerbach to synthesise scientific thought into woven steel pieces powder coated and conceptualised in a layer of paint.

Immersed in parity the painted forms act as symmetrical and asymmetrical puzzles and as with all the pieces in the exhibition Auerbach suggests/mirrors the possibility of an alternative universe. There is a powerful interlocking of forms creating a conversation of engagement and the viewer’s relationship to each piece. Within the piece The New Ambidextrous Universe I, 2013 – Auerbach use of waterjet cut plywood could hark back to the days of Robert Morris and the minimalists movement towards the use of everyday forms.

Tautological tensions are torn into investigations into our three dimensional reality. Using the plywood piece The New Ambidextrous Universe I – Auerbach attempts to imagine what a piece of plywood would look like if sent to the fourth dimension. Sitting on an aluminium bed the plywood pieces are positioned into an industrious foundation and are then delineated so that the opposite ends are a mathematically composed asymmetrical mirror of each other.

Seeing isn’t always believing, be sure to be moved into another dimension before the exhibition closes on the 15th June, 2014. 



Tauba Auerbach (2014) Square Helix (Z), [Stainless steel and powder coating]


Tauba Auerbach (2014) The New Ambidextrous Universe III, [Plywood and aluminium]


Tauba Auerbach (2014) S Helix, [Glass, metal, chameleon paint]


Tauba Auerbach (2014) S Helix, [Glass, metal, chameleon paint]


Tauba Auerbach (2014) The New Ambidextrous Universe IV, [Plywood and aluminium]


Tauba Auerbach (2014) The New Ambidextrous Universe IV, [Plywood and aluminium] - close up


Tauba Auerbach (2014) Latch, [Stainless steel and powder coating]


Tauba Auerbach (2014) Knit Stitch, [Stainless steel and powder coating]



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