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The function of the oblique – at No Format and Son Gallery

News of a group exhibition including three London-based Korean artists. It’s a two-parter. Part I is at a gallery near the Thames Barrier, while Part II moves to Peckham Rye later in April:

The function of the oblique

Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini
Sebastian Acker | Nicolas Feldmeyer | Shan Hur | Minae Kim | Jinhee Park | Tobias Zehntner | No Fixed Abode

Part I – Resistance

Venue: no format – Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR
Opening Night Preview: 13 April, 6-10pm
Opening Times: Sat 14, Sun 15, Fri 20, Sat 21, Sun 22 April, 11am-5pm.

Part II – Action

Venue: Son Gallery – Unit 9C, Copeland Industrial Park, Peckham Rye, London SE15 3SN
Opening Night Preview: 25 April 6-9pm
Opening Times: 26 April – 3 June Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6pm

Shan Hur: Broken Pillar (2011). 275 x 25 x 25 cm. Concrete, plywood, timber
Shan Hur: Broken Pillar (2011). 275 x 25 x 25 cm. Concrete, plywood, timber

“In 1963 Claude Parent and Paul Virilio formed the Architecture Principe group with the aim of investigating a new kind of architectural and urban order. Rejecting the two fundamental directions of Euclidean space, they proclaimed ‘the end of the vertical as the axis of elevation’ and ‘the end of the horizontal as the permanent plane’: Out With Manhattan, Out With Old Villages. In place of the right angle, they adopted ‘the function of the oblique,’ which they believed would have the benefit of multiplying usable space. But what exactly was ‘the function of the oblique’? For the Architecture Principe group, it was a new means of appropriating space, very much inspired by a Gestalt psychology of form, which promoted continuous, fluid movement and forced the body to adapt to instability: ‘While the enclosed and the cryptic lie at the origins of this new era of architecture … we must also recognize within the sense of disequilibrium, of vertigo, the second archetype of this art of space.’

Taking inspiration from Virilio’ s “function of the oblique” used as a tool to appropriate space in new ways and create instability or unexpected outputs, the majority of artists invited reflect with different perspectives and operate through different practices the notion of Space in its broader sense, using it as a tool, reverting its definitions and searching new terms in its representation and conception.

Participating Artists

Shan Hur
Minae Kim
Jinhee Park
Sebastian Acker
Nicolas Feldmeyer
Tobias Zehnter

Events/ Talks/ Performances
organised by No Fixed Abode

‘The function of the oblique’
is curated and organised by Attilia Fattori Franchini in association with no format

Artist 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

Nicholas was born 1980 in Switzerland. After studying architecture in Zurich and fine art in San Francisco, he is currently studying 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, Feldmeyer looks to expose the overlooked material of our everyday environment.

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 UK. Hur sculptural interventions disrupt the viewer perception of the white cube as an art container, 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. Constant doubt and questioning of our perceptions is crucial to developing the enlightened self.

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

The origins of Kim’s works are understated and local; she names views from a window, street scenes and street furniture as her influences. Kim alights on common items and gives them poetic license such as ‘wind fishing’, which turns out to be in essence a little propeller on the end of a long pole. The whimsy in these small asides is charming but they soon collect more seriously to play their part in her larger ‘anonymous scenes’ installations. With ‘continuous reflection’ and ‘conundrum’, Kim is able to quickly transport us to profound questions about the nature of the spaces we inhabit. 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 practice as a spacial visualization carachterised by really small intervention on common material 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 works is concerned by science and art intended as tools to create “magic”illusions 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 phenomena and 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.

No Fixed Abode

No Fixed Abode is an artistic collaboration between Rob Quirk and Terry Slater. The artistic duo researches broadly different fields and experiment with ideas of transmission of ideas associated with digital and analogue practices while reflecting on communication, dialogue, labor and identity. No Fixed Abode is currently developing the research/praxis project Homeland along with artist Charlotte Morgan and researcher Cat Moir. As part of this they are formulating the Analogous Frequencies a research of the critical potential of broadcast media via a transnational framework utilizing localised analogue radio.


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