Tuesday, 21 September 2010

...Delicate Conceptual Material... | Jerwood Project Space | Sept 2010

…delicate conceptual material…
A site specific installation I am making at Jerwood Project Space, opening on 28th September 2010.

Project Space at Café 171, Jerwood Space
Exhibition: 27 September – 8 November
Open: Monday – Friday 9am–5pm, Saturday 11am–3pm

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‘As a genius of construction man raises himself far above the bee in the following way, whereas the bee builds with wax that she gathers from nature, man builds with far more delicate conceptual material which he first has to manufacture from himself.’ 1 Friedrich Nietzsche

...delicate conceptual material…is a site specific installation of new work by Helene Kazan: a three dimensional drawing within the space. This installation combines materials, which seek to connect conceptual and physical materiality. Polystyrene columns appear to spring from wall to wall as if they were a feature of the building’s architecture, while the natural light changes throughout the day affect the installation in a way which resonates with some of Kazan’s previous work.

Kazan’s practice is, on the one hand, an elegant exploration of the parameters of drawing and sculpture and on the other, is an investigation into notions of territory, occupancy, space and cultural growth. Developing creative methods that are a bastardisation of processes used within architecture, her work can be termed ‘territorialisation and deterritorialisation’; an apparent contradiction between the her instinctive desire to possess space by imposing large sculptural interventions and then deliberately erasing or making them fragile.

Helene Kazan was recently commissioned for 2010 London Festival of Architecture by Metropolitan Workshop, and has exhibited extensively in the UK as well as internationally, including 2010 Mardin Biennial, Turkey. She also recently exhibited as part of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Kazan studied her BA Hons at Wimbledon School of Art. Further information: www.helenekazan.co.uk

1: Friedrich Nietzsche, F, Twilight of the Idols and the Antichrist, trans. R J Hollingdale, Penguin,London, 1968