With an original sound piece by Steve Roden
P.L.A.Y. with Things
Sound by Steve Roden | Post-Production by Beau Leduc
Inspired by the magical projections of 18th & 19th century Phantasmagoria shows, the Moldovian-born, LA-based Stas Orlovski has been combining traditional collage and drawing works with carefully constructed animation. The later is meticulously ‘mapped’ onto the surface of each collage to create a liminal third space. Soviet-era children’s books, which are drawn from the artist’s childhood, as well as Dutch botanical illustrations, Victorian printed ephemera and Modernist “debris” as the artist calls it, provide the basis for both, the collages and the animation. The result is a contemporary take on 19th century magic lantern performances, with eerie botanicals, floating figures, sudden rainstorms and much more. “[Orlovski’s works] are odd, haunted still-lifes from the rareified corners of nature and culture slowly," write curator Michael Duncan, "quietly, play unsettled, unsettling refrains.”
For his exhibition at Young Projects Orlovski has created a large-scale stage set, much in the vein of a Bauhausian theatrical production, with larger-than-life silhouettes looming largely in a darkened space, taking over the entire room. Each not only ‘receives” its own projection in a way that conveys a different facet of the overall narrative, but adds shadows to further delineate its sculptural properties. Taken as a whole, Skazka deals with memory, psychological projection, decay and regeneration.
Steve Roden has composed an original sound piece that accompanies Orlovski's installation in their second collaboration. Through chance and serendipity, poetic relationships occur between image and sound that appear to be choreographed if only for an instant.
In 2012, Orlovski was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to create a site-specific installation for Drawing Surrealism. Iterations of the project were reinstalled at VOLTA NY, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Traywick Contemporary and the Miami Project Art Fair. In 2014, Orlovski exhibited his latest animated work in concurrent solo exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Mixed Greens, NYC. Orlovski’s multi-media installation "Chimera", is currently on view at the 56th Venice Biennale as part of "We Must Risk Delight”, a collateral exhibition curated by Elizabeta Betinski at the Magazzino del Sale No. 3.
P.L.A.Y. with Things
Born in Iceland and living in Berlin, Egill Sæbjörnsson has long been interested in the connection between mental and physical realities in his practice, first as a painter and musician, and later through video projections and sound works. Many of his site-specific works employ ‘projection mapping,’ where a static object becomes mobilized via custom-designed animations and video projections. Each comes alive as if it were conjured, often realizing actions that defy their own physical properties—a pencil draws by itself, a pair of old boots produce random forms, and a mischievous figure appears out of nowhere. Experiencing such works often leads to questions about the nature of the unified field and whether or not we can project our thoughts onto—and affect—objects in the real world. They are, in other words, a kind of thaumaturgy. However, like a good Buddhist teaching, they also belie a clear sense of humor and a concise slight-of-hand—qualities the artists says “only function when the viewer comes to the work with an openness and receptivity.”
For his first gallery show in Los Angeles (“a place of filmmakers and healers” as he says) Sæbjörnsson will be presenting a half dozen site-specific installations from both past nd present, including Out of Shoes Humans Grow (2014), The Picture Draws Us (2014), Bonsai (2014), and The Box (2005)
Born 1973 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Lives in Berlin, DE. Egill Sæbjörnsson graduated from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (now the Icelandic Academy of the Arts) in 1997 and studied at the University of Paris, St.Denis, from 1995 to 1996. He has exhibited wildly around the world including solo shows at: the studio of Willem de Kooning (invited by Robert Wilson and Lisa de Kooning), The Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Reykjavik and Frankfurter Kunstverein. He has also taken part in group shows including Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art Berlin, the Katonah Museum of Art NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade; the Tadeusz Museum, Poland; the NGBK, Berlin; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm; the Museum of Modern Art, Sydney and SMoCA, Arizona.
His works reside in dozens of private collections around the world
His work is represented in prominent public and private collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Progressive Corporation, American Embassy in Brussels and the West Collection among others.