NATURAL SELECTION Il
Natural Selection II, 2016, videosculpture with sound
glass, natural stones, wood, various seeds, metal
170 x 100 x 80 cm, 1 min. 30 s loop
photo: artist's archive.
Natural Selection II
The three video sculptures Particle Selection and Natural Selection I and II are part of a series of multiple works. The search for the so-called ‘God particle’, a module central to modern elementary particle physics that defines the shape and size of all objects, inspired me to create the first of these works. Thanks to the particle accelerator, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) succeeded in proving its existence a few years ago. I’m presenting a tongue-in-cheek juxtaposition of my own variation with the famous Higgs Particle.
In Natural Selection I and II I try to examine this fundamental term from the theory of evolution. I’m fascinated by nature’s ingenuity in elaborately testing various possibilities, leading to the optimisation of a form. I pick up on this idea and investigate the extent to which incoherent material can be combined. To achieve this, I take anthropogenous objects on the one hand, often waste products as fragments of civilisation, and natural materials on the other. In the process I observe similarities in their appearance and experiment with these. In the final result – the sculpture – we see individual elements from a variety of different origins melt into one another to form an entirely new entity.
Invisible Outer Space, curated by Gabriela Kašková, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany (The Moth, Ayahuasca, Meadow, Fossil, Crystal, Adaptation, Natural Selection II, Particle Selection, Auras of Communities, Metropolia, drawings, prints)
Parallel Layers, Stoeckle Hauser gallery, Stuttgart, Germany (Natural Selection I,II, Crystal, Adaptation, Fossil, Metropolia, prints)
State of Flux, curated by Ronja Friedrichs, Lehmbruck museum, Duisburg, Germany, (Landscape, Natural Selection I, Liana)
Natural Selection, Arthobler gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (Natural Selection I,II, Crystal, Adaptation, prints)
Natural Selection, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, Belgium (Landscape, Natural Selection I,II, prints)
Junge Prager / Junge Berliner, Cermak Eisenkraft, Prague, CZ (Natural Selection II, Crystal)
New acquisitions from the Collections of Prague City Gallery, Prague House, Brussels, Belgium (Natural Selection I)