CURA.

DAIGA GRANTINA
What Eats Around Itself

New Museum, New York

Jan 21 – May 10, 2020

Share on:
Facebook
Twitter

Press Release

Grantina makes large-scale sculptural assemblages that emulate the natural world, often resembling terrariums, plants, and vegetation. Employing industrial and synthetic materials, her configurations incorporate conflicting physical qualities: soft and hard, transparent and opaque, mobile and static.

The exhibition’s title references the dynamic growth of lichen, a composite organism that results from the symbiotic relationship between fungi and algae.

She also references the lyricism of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, particularly his abstract comparisons of rose petals to eyelids; Rilke imagines the opening of a rose as a swirl of self-generating eyes, one bringing the next to life.

For her New Museum presentation, Grantina will premiere a new, site-specific sculptural installation that interweaves cast silicone with paint and fabric. Suspended from industrial fixtures in the ceiling and clinging to the gallery walls and floor, this work mimics the growth of lichen, which typically develops into a crusty, leaflike, or branching formation on rocks, trees, and other surfaces. The work’s flexible, amorphous structures appear to be undergoing either construction or decomposition, much as lichen reproduces and consumes its own biological matter.

1/7
 
2/7
 
3/7
 
4/7
 
5/7
 
6/7
 
7/7
 

CREDITS
Photos by Toan Vu-Huu

 

OTHER TIPS
ICA Milano
Société des Arts de Genève
Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Novembar Gallery, Belgrade
Mostyn, Llandudno
LambdaLambdaLambda, Prishtina
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich