Acta Non Verba
26. 08. - 01. 10.
@ UGM Studio,
An exhibiton of CGI renders
and IRL objects.
Acta Non Verba (Actions, Not Words) is a collection of concepts and objects searching for a place in the contemporary world, one plagued (or blessed) with demands for efficiency and influenced heavily with sport culture and aesthetics. It is a collection of ideas that attempt to bridge the way between the corporate futurism of Dubai's Palm Island and the need for artistic individuality. It tries to reconnect beauty and perfection with art, a discipline which has ignored the basic human need for (visual) excess for far too long.
The lustre of highly polished lacquered MDF is as alluring as the sheen of marble, composites are stronger than gilded wood and CGI images printed on polyester hold as much truth (or lies) as oil on canvas. Kitsch and fashion, carbon fibre and marble, digimodernism and megalomania. The best solution to sustainability is making works worthy of worship.
The exhibition will showcase CGI prints of concepts occupying the middle territory between artistic sculptures and high-end designer furniture, a set of prints examining the extremes of human anatomy and an IRL fitness sculpture/object designed for contemporary body modification where shape trumps substance.
What is the body of tomorrow, how to make peace with photoshopped imagery, and how to suppress fear that prevents us from surrendering to the ideology of power and wealth? Classical concepts and bourgeois aesthetics in the age of computer render. How to stop worrying and love the (Dubai) future.