Troika “Cartography on Control”, the first USA Art collective’s solo show.
Los Angeles’s Kohn Gallery will host the first North America solo exhibition for European artist collective Troika. Titled “Cartography of Control,” the show is inspired by the increasingly rational and scientific precepts that seem to govern society. Through a series of sculptures, drawings, and installations, Troika hopes to challenge the idea that there is only one way to interpret human experience.Just as different cartographers will create maps that depict the same area in different ways, Troika argues that the truth of our material world can be represented in any number of ways. The collective has created a series of geometric and mathematically-influenced works that ultimately reflect the random chaos and unpredictable nature of human experience.
Incorporating light, water, and electricity, these artworks explore the notion of control, and how much influence man is capable of exerting over the natural world. Despite our tendency to impose systematic order on our surroundings, Troika argues, there is an inherent conflict between such deliberate planning and and the unpredictable, random, spontaneous nature of the universe. In ‘Testing Time’ (2014) a stream of water is brought to a halt, and time is visibly broken into distinct instances. Set in front of a LED light, water is dropped and appears suspended, or unnaturally slowed down in front of the light. ‘Sum of all Possibilities’ (2014) is a suspended sculpture that is characterized by an apparent infinite process of metamorphosis which, in reality, is a 12 minute loop defined by mathematical relationships and a precise mechanism that allows an unlimited number of combinations (watch a video here). ‘Cartography of control’ (2014) is a series of drawings that present the marks left on paper by the attempted manipulation of a powerful electric charge, dominated by the tension between control over what is inherently uncontrollable.
‘Calculating the Universe’ (2014) is a series of works that consider the relationship between rules and the concepts of randomness and chaos. These works are constructed from thousands of dice by following simple repetitive rules from which random patterns emerge.
Troika is composed by Eva Rucki (b. 1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (b. 1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (b. 1977, France) have worked together as an artist trio since 2003. They are London based.
With a particular interest in perception and the spatial experience, their collective multimedia works challenge the experience of seeing and knowing. They manipulate our perception of the world and ask the question why we know what we know, and whether this knowledge is certain.
Troika’s first North American solo exhibition, “Cartography of Control,” is on view at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, January 10–February 7, 2015.