The Function of the Oblique | Resistance - Action

The Function of the Oblique
Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini

Sebastian Acker, Nicolas Feldmeyer, Shan Hur,Minae Kim, Jinhee Park, Tobias Zehntner


No Format Gallery | 14 - 22 April 2012
private view: 13. 04. 2012 | 6 - 9 pm


Son Gallery, Peckham | 27 April - 26 May 2012
private view: 25. 04. 2012 | 6 - 9 pm
No Fixed Abode will organise a program of
events, screenings and conversations

A project in two parts, The Function of the Oblique presents a series of artistic responses to the eponymous work of architectural theory by Paul Virilio and Claude Parent, in which they declare ‘the end of the vertical as the axis of elevation’ and ‘the end of the horizontal as the permanent plane’.

In both Resistance and Action the artists use concepts of the oblique as a destabilising force, creating imbalance and unexpected outputs by employing a variety of media to challenge traditional conceptions of space.
In both Resistance and Action the artists use concepts of the oblique as a destabilising force, creating imbalance and unexpected outputs by employing a variety of media to challenge traditional conceptions of space. 
The concept of the oblique was presented as a new mode of appropriating space, promoting continuous, fluid movement and forcing the body to adapt to instability. Approached from different attitudes, Resistance and Action, this two part exhibition takes place across two gallery's in South East London.

Resistance is set at No Format Gallery, Woolwich, and will be informed by an understanding of the oblique as resistance to gravity and its horizontal legacy.

Action will take place at Son Gallery in Peckham and analyses physical and architectural conditions favoring fluidity, alteration and constant change.

Through a series of experimental events created by intersecting fields of architecture, broadcast, film, installation and publication, No Fixed Abode will develop forms of shared critique and reflection. Initially a series of film screenings and performative talks are planned. No Fixed Abode is the artistic collaboration between Robert Quirk and Terry Slater.

Artists information
Sebastian Acker
b. 1981, Germany
lives and works in London

Sebastian Acker has a background in space design and installations often reflecting on the configuration of space individually and socially. Acker is currently studying an MA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art. His work is informed by notions of space and materiality, and how this relates to the urban and physical world.

Nicolas Feldmeyer
b. 1980, Switzerland
lives and works in London

Nicolas was born 1980 in Switzerland. After studying architecture in Zurich and fine art in San Francisco, he is currently doing a master at the Slade School of Fine Art. His work explores notions
of space and its articulation in different media, questioning assumptions of normality and the elsewhere in his research and practice.

Shan Hur
b. 1981 Korea
lives and works in London

Shan Hur is a Korean artist who lives and works in London. Hur holds an MFA in Sculpture from
Slade School of Art (2010) and has exhibited extensively in the UK. Hur's sculptural interventions disrupt the viewers perception of the white cube, directly implicating the gallery space as an active element in the artwork itself. The ideas, which inform Hur’s practice, derive from a fascination in the moment of transition when a particular space is reconfigured for a new purpose and questions our perceptions.

Minae Kim
b.1981, Korea
lives and works in London

The origins of Kim’s works are based on the urban or structural environments present in our everyday life. Kim observes, reflects and reverts the physical and conceptual function of what sometimes is left out, hidden or un-noticed. The elements used in Kim works are often detourned replicas of preexistent details which call for attention and suddenly animate to become the centre of reflection. Kim installations raise questions about the nature of the spaces we inhabit and our relationship therein. Minae Kim holds an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, 2011 and her works has been recently part of New Contemporaries ICA, 2011 and RCA Final Degree Show, 2011.

Jinhee Park
b.1979, Korea
lives and works in London

Jinhee Park holds an M.F.A from Goldsmiths College, London, 2010 and an M.F.A in Sculpture from Seoul National University, Korea, 2007. His work reflects on the time lost in familiar scenery
and records the traces left (hidden) in nature of certain occurrences or events. Time and its changes
are reflected in Park's practice as a spacial visualisation characterised  by interventions on common materials such as plain wood, using as a natural point of departure to record and visualise what remains.

Tobias Zehntner
b.1983, Switzerland
lives and works in London

Tobias Zehntner holds a BA from Goldsmiths College of Art, 2011. His work is concerned with science, art and architecture intended as tools to explore phenomena while elaborating a keen interest in human and mechanical movements in time and space. Zehntner has a fascination with the
acts of looking and observing, which leads to minimalist studies of the poetry of the everyday.
A contemplative view on mundane and urban environment often reveals an appeal to modernist aesthetics and compositions, while the focus on movement often leads to a choreographical approach to synchrony and symmetry.

Pascual Sisto | FILL_IN_THE_BLANKS | Seventeen Gallery




Thursday 29th Mar - Saturday 5th May 2012

Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini
PV Thursday 29th March 6pm

Pascual Sisto's practice often refers to chaotic systems, order, time and evanescence; his work reproduces the transient order of things by manifesting its multiple variables.
In FILL_IN_THE_BLANKS, his first show at Seventeen, the LA based artist presents his recent exploration of forms of representation through the use of mathematical structures, patterns, and digital interventions, while repurposing the imagery and modus operandi from the realm of theoretical physics.
The new body of work introduces a tension between constraint and infinity, matter and ephemerality, reality and fiction, featuring a melancholic sense of humor. New 3D animations and sculptures are presented in unison, functioning as hypnotic elements and forces of attraction in the creation of non-spaces.
By containing and restricting forms through additive and reductive gestures, Sisto's practice reconfigures the idea of endless possibilities. The video elements in the exhibition constitute a passage between Sisto's previous and current production and represent ethereal realities conversely focusing on the versatility of time, stressing it while defining it through either interruption, synchronicity, or pulsation and perpetually transfixed into a liminal space.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Center for Cultural Innovation ARC Grant.

Pascual Sisto was born in 1975 in Barcelona, Spain, and lives and works in Los Angeles.