Magazine article Artforum International

Gert Robijns: Z33

Magazine article Artforum International

Gert Robijns: Z33

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An amusing double-sided poster announced Belgian artist Gert Robijns's first large solo exhibition, "Never Left Right." The front showed a young boy winking with his right eye; the back, the same boy winking with his left eye. The poster played on one of the strongest binary oppositions that structure our daily existence: the difference between left and right. But this was just one of many elementary opposites, such as above/below, front/back, and inside/outside, as well as more coded dichotomies such as original/replica, true/false, and real/unreal, played out in the show.

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Robijns subtly displaces, alters, and replicates everyday objects and builds extensive spatial installations, often incorporating sound or projected images. Here, he not only reinstalled existing works along with new ones, but rearranged and integrated them into new compositions and installations. In the first and most powerful room of the exhibition, one encountered Even Ademhalen (Take a Short Breath), 2005, a series of everyday objects--a chair, a broom, a bucket, and a shelf holding a few books and some office material--gently leaning against the wall, seemingly "taking a breath." When the work was shown earlier this year in Antwerp, the objects were rather feebly lined up against a single wall; this time they were scattered along various walls throughout the space. Additionally, a complete kitchen unit (Vanboven [At the Top], 2004) was placed at the high end of the right wall--an everyday version of an El Lissitzky Proun. Botsbal (Bouncing Ball), 2001, made the sound of a bouncing ball reverberate throughout the space at regular intervals. Visual equivalents of that sound could be seen in a flickering light bulb, on the one hand, and the pattern of circles--like a representation of sound waves--carved into a wooden platform, on the other. …

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