Joanna Karolini

'Unprivileged  Highs and Lows'- Joanna Karolini. 15 February- 21 March

Opening hours: Wed- Sat 1- 5pm; Sun 10am- 4pm
Special site-entrance accompanied by the artist: Monday 8th and 15th March, 5.30 – 6.30pm
'Unprivileged  Highs and Lows'
challenges the notion of dematerializations by emphasizing the elimination of the ‘art-object’. Exploring the given 23m2 project space, this site-specific installation seeks to uncover and request meaning of the ignored, be it glorious or catastrophic
This is the 4th in the series of ‘sounding out space', a series of explorative projects around aspects of space (architectural, emotional, historical, practical…). The 23m² of project space with its public exposure to the street is the object of investigation with a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches; artists, musician, choreographer, a cat, interior designer, spiritualistic medium, refurbishment people, tenants...
'sounding out space' (1) Matt Green: 'Present place' , 2008; (2) Kathy Graham: 'Portraits', 2009; (3) Tobias Sternberg: 'Yourself from the outside', 2009.
All projects are recorded and documented by Fiona Larkin.
Unpriviliged Highs and Lows
'Every gallery welcomes artists, artworks and audiences.
Everyone brings certain elements into the space (or out of the space), and sometimes mark the space, while others fills it by presence or sound. The exchange is more or less constant; sheltering visions, housing ideas while exiting the imagination and thought.
I am particularly interested in the floor. It carries the heaviest but silent evidence of weight. Unseen and un-noticed, traces are left by artists, artworks and audiences using the gallery.  It’s my canvas.
As in Tobias Sternberg’s installation where the door was the main inspiration point for the work within the space, my work will re-negotiate the gallery’s own architecture and function, focusing mainly on the architecture of traces left by the cultural activities, on/in/under the floor. 
Are you to hire stilts to rise to the ceiling or to get on hands and knees to sniff anything below the dado? Both high and low are underprivileged areas. You overheard a lot of complaints from artists about being "skied" but nothing about being "floored." – Inside the White Cube, Notes on the Gallery Space, by Brian O’Doherty.

Text: Joanna Karolini

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