Pace is pleased to annouce the inclusion of work by Tony Smith, Michal Rovner, and Song Dong in Art Basel 2017's Unlimited exhibition. Unlimited, curated by Gianni Jetzer, is Art Basel's exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand, including massive sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances. Unlimited will run concurrently with Art Basel, from June 15 through 18, 2017, in Basel, Switzerland.
Tony Smith, Source
With its faceted sides and modular composition, Tony Smith’s Source, 1967, is synchronously geometric and organic. The large-scale sculpture, fabricated in steel and painted in the artist’s characteristic black, was conceived by Smith in 1967. An unfolding of form, Source embodies the artist’s reference to his works as “presences.” There is a physical immediacy in its balance of mass and volume and its unexpected transformation of form. The stability and obvious weight of the structure produce a visceral effect for the viewer, perpetuating its presence in its surrounding space. One of Smith’s tetrahedral pieces, Source speaks to the plasticity and visual continuity that he achieved when working within his modular system of organization.
Michal Rovner, Anubis
In response to the unsettling feeling of instability and the state of alert in the world, Rovner spent long nights filming in dark fields, encountering jackals and invading their territory. To overcome the darkness, Rovner used special security, military, and surveillance cameras and equipment. Rovner's mesmerizing video installation, Anubis (2016), is titled after the mythological Egyptian god who accompanies the dead into the afterlife. With their glowing eyes, the jackals watch us, transforming the viewer into the observed.
Song Dong, Through the Wall
Through the Wall, 2016, challenges the notion of a boundary as impenetrable. Using reclaimed door and window frames—materials that relate to themes of accumulation and waste—the work reflects on the ways in which the contrast of historic and contemporary forces can shape a viewer’s experience. Song provides an alternative perspective by redefining the solidity of a wall. Reaching fifteen feet high and twenty-nine feet long, the tall, narrow form has doors that open to reveal an interior space within, allowing viewers to enter and pass through it. The mirrored walls create a sense of endlessly extending space. Architecturally narrow and visually expansive, the work activates an illusory world emphasized by infinite reflections.
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