Rips: Future Works
Under the title Rips: Future Works Anna Ostoya presents a suite of new mixed media compositions on canvas and on board. The works deploy dissonances and tensions between photography, painting and collage. They include abstract and figurative elements merging expressionistic and conceptual traditions in art.
Some of the works derive from material and processes from series that the artist has developed in the past; others mark the beginning of possible series that could develop in the future. The materials employed in their making include shellac, metal-leaf, paper, blood, sandpaper, glass and plastic. Sometimes found elements such an insect or a bandage is affixed. Sometimes photographs taken by the artist are used. The series are called Rapes, Lees, Scars, Intoxications, Pornaments, Balls, Pussy-Paintings, Calendars and Posters. They entail a game of associations exemplified in the piece Rips (Posters 1) where ornamentally composed letters W, O, A and M can read as we, me, woman, women, man or men. The exhibition’s title ‘Rips: Future Works’ is a word-game suggesting a few possible readings. ‘Rips’ could denote a rip, a rip off or Rest in Peace. Future Works could be interpreted as an optimistic statement about the future or as a jest about the stock descriptions ‘early works’ or ‘recent works’. Like the titles and the compositions themselves, the artist’s hanging manifests further shifts and ruptures. The exhibition entails a playful reflection on the contingency of artistic production and on the contingency of creation of meanings. The existence of new work and of new meaning is always open and vulnerable. It is suspended between coincidence and control, desire and duty, and exhaustion and effort. The artist and the viewer determine the gravity.Central to understanding of the works is the artist’s negotiation of the speed of production within her own practice, referential resonances, and reclaimed utopian impulses of Modernism. Concurrently with this exhibition Ostoya’s photographic collages from her ‘Autopis’ series (2010-11) will be shown in the group exhibition ‘New Photography’ at MOMA, New York, which runs until January 2014. -The artist and SILBERKUPPE, Berlin, 2013
Rips: Future Works
24 August – 26 October, 2013