Exhibitionin Venice, CA / United States
Team (bungalow) is pleased to present “A Place Like This”, a solo exhibition by artist Timur Si-Qin.
In this exhibition, Si-Qin imagines a future materialist-spiritual institution called “New Peace”. “New Peace” is an update to the artist’s “PEACE” brand, a recurrent image in his work. Si-Qin envisages the brand as a topological sculpture, capable of being expressed in varying forms and inheriting different meanings over time.
The work speaks in the language of products and advertisement, not as a linguistic symbol of ‘capitalism’ or economics but as an acknowledgement of the world in which art is inhabited. Si-Qin’s mirroring of commercial imagery reiterates our anthropocenic relationships of feedback and reflection with ecology, environment, and media.
In “A Place Like This”, “New Peace” takes form through the imagined-trappings of a cult that worships matter and believes that reality and it’s evolution (both cultural and biological), exist to create the greatest variation of form possible in the universe and for matter to experience all variations of itself. This principle is summarized by the text found in the crest form of the logo, replicatio variationi servit, Latin for “replication serves variation.”
Visuals of serene landscapes are used by “New Peace” to communicate a mystical state of being called “Mirrorscape”. “Mirrorscape” is at once a sub-brand as well as a state of awareness of the many possible forms that all matter may take. It is a spiritual destination where the fine-grained network effects and feedback dynamics of reality can be perceived with clarity. In other words the capacity to see existence ‘as it is’. “Mirrorscape” does not represent a naive realism unaffected by interpretation, it is an understanding of the interactive processes by which the world is constructed.
The sculpture at the center of the exhibition is a prototype effigy of “Mirrorscape”. The piece resembles a kind of protean machine reminiscent of both a Natural History Museum display as well as a commercial product. At the rear of the sculpture is a television showing a live feed of itself, that is being recorded by a web cam at the base of the sculpture, thereby forming a self-imaging feedback circuit: a landscape reflected in its own mediated image.
Timur Si-Qin lives and works in Berlin. Recent exhibitions include “Recent Horizons”, Société, Berlin; “Biogenic Mineral”, Magician Space, Beijing and “Premier Machinic Funerary: Part II”, Carl Kostyál, London. His institutional show “Basin of Attraction” was held at Bonner Kunstverein in 2013.
This is Si-Qin’s first solo show in the US.
Gallery hours Wed-Sun noon to 6 pm
306 Windward Avenue
90291 Venice, CA