Davide Balula at Ghebaly Gallery

7b_Balula, Variable Shade, Cloud Awning, 2016

Artist: Davide Balula

Exhibition title: Broken Things Float Faster

Venue: Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, US

Date: September 16 – October 29, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Ghebaly Gallery

Ghebaly Gallery is pleased to present Broken Things Float Faster, New York-based artist Davide Balula’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Balula has created new works on-site that prioritize shade, wind, and water, with formal sculptures serving as vehicles for abstruse effects. A wood plank suspends from rafted ceilings by twine, treated with water-resistant coating, holding pools of water on its surface. The water is only distinguishable as a live, moving element when the plank stirs in the draft of an open door or passerby. Four elements – wood, twine, water, and gravity – produce a captivating effect that highlights water in its purest form.

A series of abstracted vents and awnings line the adjacent gallery. The vents, minimal structures with texture and palette borrowed from Southern Californian architecture, each boast a unique internal logic. Outfitted with custom fans, air is drawn into channels and exhaled through precisely routed facades, produced from digital traces of the artist’s hand. The vents – perplexing in their form and arbitrariness – implicate viewers in their streams of air.

Balula’s abstracted takes on metropolitan storefront awnings are uncanny in their simplicity. Hanging low, their unusual scale calls into question our collective architectural memory, but Balula’s interest lies foremost in the darkened stages the awnings create. Subtle colored spotlights on the awnings amplify the shade beneath them, rendering the “true white” of the wall the opposite color of the spotlight.

In conjunction with Broken Things Float Faster, Balula has restaged Interrupting Words with Burp Sounds, a performance in which brass and wind musicians play a reactional score of belches prompted by the consumption of drinks and infusions unique to each instrument, including garlic and vinegar concoctions.

Davide Balula (b. 1978, Portugal) lives and works between New York, NY and Paris, France. Recent solo exhibitions include Gagosian Gallery, Athens; galerie frank elbaz, Paris; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels. Other exhibitions include Musee d’Art Moderne, Troyes; Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne; Maison Particulière, Brussels; The Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga; Fondazione Carriero, Milan; Palazzo Cavour, Torino; Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; WIELS centre d’art contemporain, Brussels; Centre Pompidou, Paris. Balula has staged performances with Art Basel Unlimited (2016) and Parcours (2015), Basel; Public Art Fund, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Biennale de Belleville, Paris; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Performa 2009, New York; among others. His work has been placed in major institutional collections including Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris.

_B_Davide Balula, Broken Things Float Faster, Installation View, 2016

_D_Davide Balula, Broken Things Float Faster, Installation View, 2016

_A_Davide Balula, Broken Things Float Faster, Installation View, 2016

Davide Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing), 2016
Wood, water, twine, Dimensions variable

1_Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing) 2016

Davide Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing), 2016
Wood, water, twine, Dimensions variable

1d_Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing) 2016

Davide Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing), 2016
Wood, water, twine, Dimensions variable

1c_Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing) 2016

Davide Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing), 2016
Wood, water, twine, Dimensions variable

1b_Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing) 2016

Davide Balula, Evaporating Water (Floating Puddle Swing), 2016
Wood, water, twine, Dimensions variable

_E_Davide Balula, Broken Things Float Faster, Installation View, 2016

2_Balula, Vent (4884 SE, S, SW, NW) 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (4884: SE, S, SW, SW, NW), 2016
Wood, fans, 83.5 x 48 x 9.5 inches

2b_Balula, Vent (4884 SE, S, SW, NW) 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (4884: SE, S, SW, SW, NW), 2016
Wood, fans, 83.5 x 48 x 9.5 inches

3_Balula, Vent (4884 SW, SE, E, NE, NW) 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (4884: SW, SE, E, NE, NW), 2016
Wood, fans, 83.5 x 48 x 9.5 inches

3b_Balula, Vent (4884 SW, SE, E, NE, NW) 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (4884: SW, SE, E, NE, NW), 2016
Wood, fans, 83.5 x 48 x 9.5 inches

4_Balula, Vent (4884 SE, S, SE, NE NE, NW) 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (4884: SE, S, SE, NE, NE, NW), 2016
Wood, fans, 83.5 x 48 x 9.5 inches

4b_Balula, Vent (4884 SE, S, SE, NE NE, NW) 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (4884: SE, S, SE, NE, NE, NW), 2016
Wood, fans, 83.5 x 48 x 9.5 inches

5_Balula, Vent (1565, 2P) 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (1565: 2P: SE, NE, SE – E, SE, NE, SE, NE, SE), 2016
Wood, fans, 65.5 x 65 x 15 inches

5c_Balula, Vent (1565, 2P) 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (1565: 2P: SE, NE, SE – E, SE, NE, SE, NE, SE), 2016
Wood, fans, 65.5 x 65 x 15 inches

6_Balula, Vent HHH 3, 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (HHH 3), 2016
Wood, fans, 20 x 35 x 12.5 inches

6c_Balula, Vent HHH 3, 2016

Davide Balula, Vent (HHH 3), 2016
Wood, fans, 20 x 35 x 12.5 inches

_C_Davide Balula, Broken Things Float Faster, Installation View, 2016

7b_Balula, Variable Shade, Cloud Awning, 2016

Davide Balula, Variable Shade (Cloud Awning), 2016
Metal, light fixtures, 45.5 x 65 x 25 inches

7d_Balula, Variable Shade, Cloud Awning, 2016

Davide Balula, Variable Shade (Cloud Awning), 2016
Metal, light fixtures, 45.5 x 65 x 25 inches

7e_Balula, Variable Shade, Cloud Awning, 2016

Davide Balula, Variable Shade (Cloud Awning), 2016
Metal, light fixtures, 45.5 x 65 x 25 inches

8_Balula, Variable Shade, Corner Awning, 2016

Davide Balula, Variable Shade (Corner Frame Awning), 2016
Metal, light fixtures, 59.5 x 77 x 30 inches

8d_Balula, Variable Shade, Corner Awning, 2016

Davide Balula, Variable Shade (Corner Frame Awning), 2016
Metal, light fixtures, 59.5 x 77 x 30 inches

8e_Balula, Variable Shade, Corner Awning, 2016

Davide Balula, Variable Shade (Corner Frame Awning), 2016
Metal, light fixtures, 59.5 x 77 x 30 inches

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