Efrain Lopez Gallery is pleased to presents BLACK REVOLTS BLUE, the gallery’s second exhibition with Denmark-born, Berlin-based artist Amalie Jakobsen.
Jakobsen’s practice actively investigates color and shape, and in particular how they both transform space and alter human patterns therein. Her newest body of work consists of a site-specific installation and series of sculptural works. Spanning the entire ground level of the gallery, Jakobsen’s towering triangular installation— made of canvas, acrylic paint, spray paint, steel and synthetic textile — opens a dialogue between scale and expectation. At first glance, cut-out triangular lines seem to freely float in space, but upon further inspection it is revealed that they are held in place by the tension from steel brackets Jakobsen has engineered; establishing an experience that depends on architecture, the viewer, and space. Nestled alongside the installation are six metal sculptures of varying sizes and repeated shapes, most on top of plinths that are raised from the physical space of the viewer. A deliberate presence of the artist can be ascertained by the artistic process; the pieces are hand-cut and the surface are gessoed, primed, and hand-painted with layers of diluted acrylic paint which build on the principles of sculpture in relation to the field of painting. These flat, jagged, often identifiable shapes evoke systems of visual codes and language while resisting any formal interpretation. In rooting her work between the threshold of abstraction, architecture, human interaction and space, Jakobsen establishes a set of new ground rules for sculpture making.
Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, US