Artist: Gianin Conrad
Exhibition title: Beta-Vision
Venue: Base-Alpha, Antwerp, Belgium
Date: May 13 – June 26, 2021
Photography: We Document Art, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Base-Alpha, Antwerp
The exhibition «Beta-Vision» pursues the perception of space. According to neurological theses all we see and perceive is just electric impulse in our brain. In such a way Gianin Conrad simulates another view of world and things in the rooms of the Base Alpha Gallery.
Fences delimit space and give it an outside. Borders are drawn to define space. Without demarcation space is not determinable. Fences divide wildness from pasture, create an overview and model terrain. Fences keep the undesirable outside and enable a controlled use of the staked-out field. In these principles, known to Conrad from his mountainy homeland, a landscape he grew up on, he detects a universal comprehension of space.
“It is just so, as the physics teacher explained at school: There, in front of your eyes, is just an ocean of electromagnetic rays, a wild billowy mix of various wavelengths.”
As «Beta-Vision» Conrad shows this in- and outsight of electric impulse, build into a beautiful landscape or well-proportioned form by our brains.
In Gianin Conrads works the definition of an art piece is not concrete. The special borders – where something starts and ends physically as well as conceptually – are fluent. The question, whether a piece is in the process of becoming or already ended its journey, cannot be answered, since the borders of a process are fluid also.
Leaving behind traditions of the modernistic sculpture and concept art, Conrad develops an independent conclusive system, made of impulses – visual and physical – consisting of various impressions and experiences. Conrad mixes nature with artificial and artistic. He brings the outside inside, finds the plumb line between the borders of in- and outside and alienates them to infinity.