Miroslaw Balka’s “Random Access Memory” at White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London

Miroslaw Balka’s “Random Access Memory” at White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London

Miroslaw Balka’s “Random Access Memory” is on view at White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London, through March 9, 2019. The exhibition reflects on how the viewers’ experience and their negotiation of space are fundamental to meaning through a radical artistic gesture, whereby both floors of the gallery are partially blocked by heated metal walls spanning the entire width of each space.

The title “Random Access Memory,” refers to the complex form of computer data storage that we all use but do not necessarily comprehend, as well as to more generalized conceptions of ‘memory,’ both in terms of the personal and the collective.

“In his sculptures, Balka regularly incorporates various sensorial effects as a way of highlighting how all of our senses support cognition,” states the gallery in a press statement.

About the installation the gallery says, “Composed of corrugated metal sheets, the walls are heated to a temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, the point in the body at which blood will coagulate and enzymes denature. At their top, a one-meter gap remains, allowing limited access to the space beyond. Functioning as both barrier and container, these temporary walls make direct reference to the increase in national border control as well as to the escalating crisis of global warming.”

Balka has used heat in his earlier works also like the sculptures reminiscent of tombstones, for example, where slabs of terrazzo were heated to variable standard bodily temperatures, or in his 1997 monument to the victims of the Estonia ferry disaster, where the physicality of heated walls honor the memory of those who perished.

Miroslaw Balka (b.1958 in Warsaw, Poland) lives and works in Otwock, Poland. Solo exhibitions include exhibitions at Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2017); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (2017); Museum of Art MS1, Lodz, Poland (2015); and many more.

The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions including shows at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2018); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2017); The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2017); Fundacion la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (2015); and many others.

For details visit: https://uk.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/3532020/miroslaw-balkas-random-access-memory-at-white-cube-masons 

Artist biography: https://www.blouinartinfo.com/artists/miroslaw-balka-14361 


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