Artist: Pakui Hardware
Exhibition title: The Return of Sweetness
Venue: Tenderpixel, London, UK
Date: March 17 – April 28, 2018
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists, EXILE, Berlin and Tenderpixel, London
For their first solo show in London, the duo Pakui Hardware developed an entirely new project for Tenderpixel’s space, exploring metabolism both as a metaphorical device and as a physical and biological process.
Great vegetables, great organs, greater economy. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A dozen of apples might today. They say: “The great nutrition collapse” – pointing to the sky and to the soil. The atmosphere is changing the food we eat, for the worse. The atmosphere, you pig, how dare you. Our aubergines are large as ever. And so are our stomachs. They too constantly demand attention. They require being squeezed, divided, reduced, bypassed, monitored. They say: “Boost your metabolism” – pointing to green tea. The return of sweetness after the third cup of pu-erh is sublime.
Metabolism is not personal. It is engineered. The metabolism of cells rewired to get more efficient, to grant them the ability to generate new products. Fuels, chemicals, foods, and drugs. Not entirely artificial, not wholly organic. Perfect enough to keep the engines running. Just make sure to keep the by-products in a dark dry place.
Materials: glass objects, heat-treated PVC, textile fabric, latex, sea urchin spikes, silicone, chia seeds, copper pipes, metal wires, cables, paraffin wax, neon.
Pakui Hardware (Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda) are based in Berlin and Vilnius. They work as a collaborative artist duo since 2014. The artists are represented by EXILE, Berlin
Their latest solo shows include Creatures of Habit, Trafó Gallery, Budapest; SIC, Helsinki, and Artissima, Turin, IT; On Demand, EXILE, Berlin (all 2017); Vanilla Eyes, MUMOK, Vienna; Transactions, Podium, Oslo (both 2016); Lost Heritage, Kim?, Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2015); The Metaphysics of the Runner, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius and 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. Among many others the artists participated in group shows at Kunsthalle Basel, CH; Kunstverein Brauschweig and Kunstverein Freiburg, DE; Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris; 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, BR; National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; Assembly Point, London; Zacheta National Gallery Showroom, Warsaw.
Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at L’Ascensore, Palermo, IT; at Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (MdbK), DE and at Bielefelder Kunstverein, DE, as well asJungle Theory, a group show curated by Hugo Vitrani at Domaine Pommery, FR and the13th Baltic Triennial curated by Vincent Honoré at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius.
Supported by Lithuanian Culture Institute, Restored Lithuania 100.