Considering Dynamics & the Forms of Chaos

Angela Bulloch
March 10 – May 31, 2016

Horizontal Technicolour, 2002
32 waxed birchwood DMX modules (Pixel Boxes), aluminium plate, white glass, diffusion foil, cables, RGB-lighting system, DMX controller, sound system
Duration 13:00 min soundtrack (looped)

A 32-unit Pixel Box wall with cinemascope proportions plays a two-part, 13-minute and 12-second looped color sequence.  The first half of the sequence is ‘pixelated’ video footage shot at The Artist’s Palette in Death Valley, the second is based on the rotated cosmological horizon lines in the psychedelic ‘Stargate’ Scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). 

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Horizontal Technicolour, 2002
32 waxed birchwood DMX modules (Pixel Boxes), aluminium plate, white glass, diffusion foil, cables, RGB-lighting system, DMX controller, sound system
Duration 13:00 min soundtrack (looped)

A 32-unit Pixel Box wall with cinemascope proportions plays a two-part, 13-minute and 12-second looped color sequence.  The first half of the sequence is ‘pixelated’ video footage shot at The Artist’s Palette in Death Valley, the second is based on the rotated cosmological horizon lines in the psychedelic ‘Stargate’ Scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). 

 

Photo © Wladimir Tschirsky

Pixel Corner Piece, 2015 (left)

8 regular wooden Pixel Boxes and 4 wooden corner Pixel Boxes, 12 international LED DMX modules, black box

 

Stack Of Five, 2015 (at the vanishing point)

Wooden LED DMX modules (Pixel Boxes), black box, cables 

The modular elements from which this sculpture is assembled are based on Angela Bulloch’s Pixel Boxes. Her works span many forms, but they all manifest her interest in systems, patterns and rules, and the creative territory between mathematics and aesthetics. 

 

Photo © Wladimir Tschirsky

Heavy Metal Stack Red, Cardboard and Blue, 2015

6 powder-coated steel forms mounted on a powder-coated metal base plate

Using contemporary computer software to change the polyhedra, Bulloch's alterations imbue the elongated and distorted versions with a subjective quality. The coloring increases the optical illusion of pushing and pulling planes: at times the sculpture appears graphic, seemingly shifting between two and three dimensions. 

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Stack Of Five, 2015 (at the vanishing point)

Wooden LED DMX modules (Pixel Boxes), black box, cables 

The modular elements from which this sculpture is assembled are based on Angela Bulloch’s Pixel Boxes. Bulloch’s works span many forms, but they all manifest her interest in systems, patterns and rules, and the creative territory between mathematics and aesthetics. 

 

Entropy, 2016 (detail; right)
DIN A4 sheet with the Rules text, variable specific to the site
The works in Angela Bulloch's Rules Series are determined by sets of rules the artist has collected from several different contexts. They generally regulate behavior in specific settings, groups or organizations. 

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Stack Of Five, 2015 (at the vanishing point)

Wooden LED DMX modules (Pixel Boxes), black box, cables 

The modular elements from which this sculpture is assembled are based on Angela Bulloch’s Pixel Boxes. Bulloch’s works span many forms, but they all manifest her interest in systems, patterns and rules, and the creative territory between mathematics and aesthetics. 

 

Entropy, 2016 (detail; right)
DIN A4 sheet with the Rules text, variable specific to the site
The works in Angela Bulloch's Rules Series are determined by sets of rules the artist has collected from several different contexts. They generally regulate behavior in specific settings, groups or organizations. 

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Stack Of Five, 2015 (at the vanishing point)

Wooden LED DMX modules (Pixel Boxes), black box, cables 

The modular elements from which this sculpture is assembled are based on Angela Bulloch’s Pixel Boxes. Bulloch’s works span many forms, but they all manifest her interest in systems, patterns and rules, and the creative territory between mathematics and aesthetics. 

 

Entropy, 2016 (detail; right)
DIN A4 sheet with the Rules text, variable specific to the site
The works in Angela Bulloch's Rules Series are determined by sets of rules the artist has collected from several different contexts. They generally regulate behavior in specific settings, groups or organizations. 

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Entropy, 2016
DIN A4 sheet with the Rules text, variable specific to the site
The works in Angela Bulloch's Rules Series are determined by sets of rules the artist has collected from several different contexts. They generally regulate behavior in specific settings, groups or organizations. 

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Entropy, 2016
DIN A4 sheet with the Rules text, variable specific to the site
In her works, Angela Bulloch studies the complex operation of rule systems in society. The work group Rules Series, begun in 1992, consists of a continuously growing collection of rules, regulations, and norms. 

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Constructostrato Drawing Machine: Red, 2011

Bench to activate drawing machine, ink, metal rails and electronic motor, paper

The Drawing Machines are wall-mounted machines which make continuous line drawings onto the wall within an area defined by the size of the machine and position of the switches on it. The different sizes of the machines have generally been determined by the size of the wall chosen to mount each machine. The sensors for each machine and their resultant effects on the lines drawn varies for each machine.

 

Photo © Wladimir Tschirsky

Vanishing Waiting Room, 2008

6 polished stainless steel tubes, 2 one-way mirrors, 2 two-way mirrors, yellow MDF roof, yellow bench, internal lightsource, lime-green electroluminescent wire

The illumination of the room in which the Vanishing Waiting Room is installed is sparse and underlines the static situation of waiting – where we may abandon our thoughts. This combination of industrial materials and mirrored surfaces refers to the visual vocabulary of modernist architecture.

 

Photo © Wladimir Tschirsky

Solaris 1993, 1993

DVD player, monitor, 4 polycarbonate spheres, 2 cross-dimming mechanisms

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Spotlight With Video Games Sound Box, 2010
Projector, passive infrared motion detector, birchwood box with sound system
The interactive installation consists of an electrical system which is connected to a door knob and a Pixel Box with integrated speakers. The sounds are a mix up of different arcade game sounds, and the spotlight is connected to a motion detector which turns the light off, when one is standing too close to the spotlight.

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Night Sky: E.T. From Pluto.9, 2008/2012
9 modules, LED lights, neoprene, aluminium
Angela Bulloch's Night Sky works rely on computer simulation algorithms to generate views of the universe from positions other than Earth. The concept of the Night Sky is based on a space travel simulation software called Celestia, which is used in planetariums. The lightning of the stars and planets is based on algorithms and commands that the artist programmed.

 

Photo © Wladimir Tschirsky

Night Sky: E.T. From Pluto.9, 2008/2012
9 modules, LED lights, neoprene, aluminium
Angela Bulloch's Night Sky works rely on computer simulation algorithms to generate views of the universe from positions other than Earth. The concept of the Night Sky is based on a space travel simulation software called Celestia, which is used in planetariums. The lightning of the stars and planets is based on algorithms and commands that the artist programmed.

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Floor Scatter Nine, 2015 (foreground)

9 wooden boxes, international LED DMX modules, black box

 

Night Sky: E.T. From Pluto.9, 2008/2012 (detail; back left)
9 modules, LED lights, neoprene, aluminium
 

Mondrian Corian (white), 2010

Mondrian Corian (red), 2010

Mondrian Corian (blue), 2010

Mondrian Corian (yellow), 2010

Hanging; from left to right

All works: Corian, textile straps, electronics, light

The works from the series Mondrian Corian are Pixel Boxes hanging from the ceiling with black symmetrical textile straps, made from Corian, a very common solid surfacing material. The bottom side, which is visible for the viewer, is made from a translucent foil to see the yellow light coming from inside of the box.

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Floor Scatter Nine, 2015

9 wooden boxes, international LED DMX modules, black box

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Exhibition view

 

Photo © Michiel Huijben

Mondrian Corian (red), 2010

Mondrian Corian (blue), 2010

Mondrian Corian (yellow), 2010

From left to right

All works: Corian, textile straps, electronics, light

The works from the series Mondrian Corian are Pixel Boxes hanging from the ceiling with black symmetrical textile straps, made from Corian, a very common solid surfacing material. The bottom side, which is visible for the viewer, is made from a translucent foil to see the yellow light coming from inside of the box.

 

Photo © Wladimir Tschirsky

Mondrian Corian (red), 2010

Mondrian Corian (blue), 2010

Mondrian Corian (yellow), 2010

From left to right

All works: Corian, textile straps, electronics, light

The works from the series Mondrian Corian are Pixel Boxes hanging from the ceiling with black symmetrical textile straps, made from Corian, a very common solid surfacing material. The bottom side, which is visible for the viewer, is made from a translucent foil to see the yellow light coming from inside of the box.

 

Photo © Wladimir Tschirsky

Considering Dynamics & the Forms of Chaos

Angela Bulloch
Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates
March 10 – May 31, 2016
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Angela Bulloch's practice can be framed by the notion of entropy. Entropy is commonly understood as a measure of disorder. It is a key term that characterises the movement towards chaos, and it appears in a variety of fields such as physics, probability theory, sociology and information technology. Entropy is that which structures chaos. Within contemporary art, entropy has emerged to refer to installations often associated with entropic states or with representations of order, disorder and information, and their homogeneity.  

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