Reijiro Wada + Ariel Schlesinger Exhibition
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Reijiro Wada is a sculptor working with landscape in eccentric and conceptual methods. Making kinetic sculptures often with mundane objects, artist Ariel Schlesinger maneuvers engineering mechanisms, and manifests a playful and whimsical approach to express his witty sense of humour.
In the gallery space, visitors will see Wada’s “Vanitas” (2015), a 6-meter brass sculpture. For this work, the artist placed two panels at an acute angle, and threw various fruits into the gap between the brass plates. Over time, the fruit’s acidity eroded the surface of the brass, and a patina was formed from the trace of its movement.
In “Gas Loop” (2016), Schlesinger’s new work commissioned for this exhibition, a flame is ignited from the emitted gas of a cylinder tank, which continues to burn its own body. The sight immediately arouses fear from the audience anticipating its sudden explosion; at the same time, it humorously suggests the threat of destruction through a gesture of attacking a stable system. For Inside Out Skull (2014), the artist crushed a human skull and glued the pieces inside out - physically reversing the portrayal of death. The symbols of death and change reappear in his photo series Three Commas Club (2016), where flames represent a lapse of time and a thin stream of smoke suggests the vanity of life.