Even though Art Rotterdam has been postponed to 1-4 July 2021, Ellen de Bruijne Projects is pleased to show new work by three represented artists: Kubilay Mert Ural, Falke Pisano, and Anne-Lise Coste.
Kubilay Mert Ural's work continues to dive into contemporary desires, frustrations, and needs through a rich imaginary of characters and landscapes that swing between chaos and order, between playfulness and uncanniness. His otherwordly paintings usher us into a myriad of fascinating worlds the mechanisms of which are unknown and fantastical. In-between dreamlike representations, Ural fashions a cobweb of symbols from the contemporary vital experience into the mystical depths of unconsciousness.
Anne-Lise Coste presents a new series of works, the Altars. The Altars started as still lives in the artist’s studio, trembling and silent sculptures made from sprayed found objects. Yet for Coste, the Altars could not remain in that remote silence anymore. Galvanised by the street life sounds of dissidence and the sounds of police violence and brutality, the Altars were transformed into accusers of power abuse. The power abuse in refusing liberty of movement to whom they call migrants, in refusing liberty of speech to protesters demanding socioeconomic green justice, in refusing a free way of living through unbearably costly surveillance technologies, in refusing dignity by exploiting people with very low paid jobs and modern slavery, in refusing equality among human beings by perpetuating a hierarchical humanity divided in genders and races.
Anne-Lise Coste’s Altars are not only accusers, but also prophetic sculptures announcing the end of all forms of violence, desired to be a remembrance of a past and obsolete time.
Falke Pisano's works expose a loop, in which shifting abstract sculptural forms are conceived directly in relation to written and spoken language, implying an ongoing and morphing production of meaning. How can conditions of production be made visible in communication? What is the syntax and semiotic structure of an artwork? What does the work do? Who is speaking and who is addressed? In her ongoing exploration of language, Falke Pisano creates suggestive, multilayered work that interrogates the structures of world-making.