Magali Reus' largest solo exhibition to date on view at Bergen Kunsthall

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Magali Reus' largest solo exhibition to date on view at Bergen Kunsthall
Magali Reus, “Hot Cottons”, installation view, Bergen Kunsthall 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London. Photo: Plastiques.

BERGEN.- Hot Cottons is Dutch artist Magali Reus’ first solo exhibition in Scandinavia, and her largest solo exhibition to date. The exhibition features a comprehensive group of new sculptures, presented within a bespoke exhibition architecture that reveals itself through a series of spatial chapters.

Magali Reus creates sculptural objects through a working process of continual accumulation and erasure. She deliberately sets the idea of transitory status against what we claim to recognize, creating framing devices that ask new questions about the symbolic relevance of things we are so keen to define.

In Hot Cottons, new sculptures make continual reference to the mutating qualities of the physical materials that surround us. Using smoke, fire and steam as metaphorical triggers, the implication is that each work might be a tool or agent for an active scenario yet to unfold. Every component therefore carries its own authoritative formal importance: like a diagram whose unique pattern forms a language composed of many hundreds of types of internal measurement, equilibrium can be found not in the external world at large, but in the relationships between Reus’ obsessive minute forms themselves.

There is frequent multiplication in Reus’ works—like teeth, bricks or rows of houses, for example—as they enact the formal grammar of an object obviously connected to a larger and more purposeful system or logic. Her work considers the way comic exaggeration or stylized appropriation can shift the rhythm of the decoding of a surface by a viewer. Oversized or imitative forms might therefore be said to be performing, and in this way Reus’ work can be linked with conversations of material flirtatiousness, of sexuality or gender.

The extensive production of new works that makes up Hot Cottons will also appear in her subsequent exhibition at the South London Gallery in 2018. Reus has scrutinized the idea of units of mobility with an installation actively related to the different exhibition architectures of the two institutions.

Magali Reus (b. 1981, The Hague) lives and works in London.

A new publication will be co-published by Bergen Kunsthall and South London Gallery in 2018.

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