London-based Dutch artist Magali Reus’s first major institutional solo exhibition in London comprises an entirely new body of work, framed by architectural interventions designed specifically for the South London Gallery’s main space.
Magali Reus creates sculptural forms, often made in series. Her works are subtly suggestive of familiar machines or apparatus whose function and identity remains intentionally ambiguous. At the SLG, a new body of meticulously produced sculptures is presented in spatial chapters and designed to appear in a state of transition – frozen in progress, caught mid-function, or in a state of restoration, ruin or abandonment. Images and their representative materials are seen to move transformed between different chemical states. Visual elements are reproduced, layered and repeated in works that are individually crafted using complex casting, moulding and weaving techniques, pitting the aggressive emptiness of manufacture against the slow diligence of handiwork.
Commissioned and produced by Bergen Kunsthall and the South London Gallery.
Magali Reus was born in Den Haag, The Netherlands in 1981, and currently lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Hot Cottons, Bergen Kunsthall (2017); Night Plants, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen (2017); Mustard, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); Quarters, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2016); Spring for a Ground, SculptureCenter, New York; Particle of Inch, The Hepworth Wakefield, UK; Halted Paves, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (all 2015). Reus has been included in group exhibitions at CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; Kunsthalle Bern; Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover; LUMA Westbau, Zürich; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporanea, Lisbon; David Roberts Art Foundation; De Appel, Amsterdam and the British Art Show 8 (touring). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include the South London Gallery (2018), Galerie Eva Presenhuber, NY 2019 and Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2020).
Reus was awarded the Prix de Rome 2015. Her work is included in international collections including Tate Collection, UK; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Hessel Collection of Contemporary Art, New York; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Zabludowicz Collection, London, Sarvisalo, New York; Arts Council Collection, UK.
23 Mar – 27 May 2018 at South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, London, SE5 8UH\
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