Welcome to our first exhibitions this autumn with our guest artists for August.
Both will be opening on Thursday 20th of august at 7 p.m.
Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen
SUPERFLUOUS IDENTITY IV
The duo Martinka Bobrikova (NO, SK, SE) and Oscar de Carmen (NO, ES, SE) artistic practice develops around the value of power in the economic and social sphere. Their aim is to investigate the mechanisms of the human unconscious, as an individual belonging to a social group within the limits of capitalism through looking at the consequences of the current global financial system. In the project presented at Babel an installation shows that the current dominant economic model, particularly in the last decade, has proven to be a heavy-footed, exhausted juggernaut… former strength and stability, but also decay and disintegration of something that is trying to sustain in its last race.
Both artists hold an MFA from Nordic Sound Art program and Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. From 2012 they have undertaken a nomad life participating in several residencies such as Nida art Colony in Lithuania, Latent Spaces in Singapore and MeetFactory in Prague as returning residents. Recent solo exhibitions includes: Entrance Gallery in Prague, CZ; Trailer Gallery in Umeå, SE; Galerie KIN Jidelna in Prague, CZ (2015); and ANX/ Atelier Nord in Oslo, NO (2014) and more. Their latest group exhibitions, includes Prague Quadrennial, CZ (2015); Post-PopUp at CCA, Centre Contemporary Art Singapore, SG; Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO; and Skånes Konstförening, Malmö, SE. (www.madefromwaste.org)
BACK TO FRONT
Vera Boele-Keimer (GER/GB) is interested in the boundaries between painting, drawing and sculpture. Working with everyday materials allows her to respond to ready-made surfaces, colours and patterns. Boele-Keimer is trying to establish simple systems of order for these materials, however fragile those might be. Back to Front is an exhibition of new work based on plastic bags sourced in various shops in Trondheim (Grey Pattern, Black Lines, and Yellow and Pink Pattern). The works are presented like large abstract paintings, featuring bold patterns created by carefully draping, flattening and folding the mundane material.
Vera Boele-Keimer lives and works in Bristol, UK. She studied Fine Art at the Kunstakademie in Münster and holds an MFA from Bath Spa University. Vera exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad, most recently at David Krut Projects in New York. (www.veraboelekeimer.co.uk).
The exhibitions last day is august 30th.
Thursday/ Friday 2 – 6 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 12 – 4 p.m.
Our bookstore Babel Bok will be open during exhibition opening hours.