Higher! Higher! Lower, Lower. Louder! Louder! Softer, Softer embodies slow deliberate processes, a repetitive changing register, embodying the algorithmic, becoming more supple. To move with the potentialities of the in-between, like water, unfixed, in motion. As such it is fitting that Waterfall#2: Look At The View by Liu Chao-tze opens Shimmer up to works by Gwenneth Boelens and Shanta Rao. Gwenneth and Shanta’s works are woven from, and cast out of, industrial material creating intimate works that call for a slowing of time to reveal themselves fully. Radiant Liar’s Cloth (strip), 2017 by Gwenneth Boelens is a handwoven cloth of electro-conductive and reflective fibres. Whereas the semi-translucent glittering soft sculpture, Untitled, 2018, by Shanta Rao was developed through the use of marine paint. A highly elastic paint originally intended for ship hulls dries with a skin-like consistency. Together and apart, we are struck how both works appears at once digital yet tactile and amorphous, fixed and unfixed.
Gwenneth Boelens (1980, NL) is concerned with processes of perception, memory, and time; throughout her work, she aims to fix the traces of physical movement in space. She does so by working with photography, textile, sculpture, performance and film. Gwenneth has exhibited at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Klemm, Berlin; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna among many others.
Shanta Rao (1980, IN/FR) makes soft sculptures that reroute the trajectory of forms. The cycle of re-approaching the primary state of a code or a pixel disrupts the idea of finitude to embrace a reflection on the notions of origin, evolution and becoming. Recent shows were at galerie Joseph Tang, Paris; Kunstverein am Rosa–Luxemburg–Platz, Berlin; Fondation Ricard, Paris among others.