Biforms Gallery Press Release

Zimoun
[KE] 3
a series of three concurrent solo exhibitions in New York
Feb 5 – Apr 9, 2015. Simons Center for Geometry and Physics: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
175 prepared dc-motors, 150 filler wires, 25 cotton balls, 3 screens, 25 cardboard boxes
Feb 7 – Mar 8, 2015. Knockdown Center: 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, Queens, NY
250 prepared ac-motors, 325 kg roof laths, 1.8 km rope
Feb 8 – Mar 15, 2015. bitforms gallery: 131 Allen Street, New York, NY
147 prepared dc-motors, 66 balls, 49 mdf panels, 1 vitrine, 0.3m3 packing paper, 33 cardboard boxes, 1 screen
bitforms gallery is pleased announce [KE] 3, a series of three collaborative solo exhibitions in New York that feature kinetic sculpture
by Swiss installation artist Zimoun. The project marks Zimoun’s second solo exhibit in the gallery, and his first in its new Lower East
Side location.
With an extreme sensitivity to location and rhythmic potential, Zimoun produces works that evoke control, humor, absence, and
nature. Highly ordered systems of movement are derived from simple and low-tech means. His projects can easily be compared with
mathematical formulas or a science experiment, as he demploys wit and a keen observation of space and sound. In this spirit, [KE] 3
is a series of exhibitions that takes artistic license in considering “KE”, a notation found in physics equations that describe kinetic
energy.
The three concurrent exhibitions by Zimoun are individually titled in a way that methodically reflects the physical components
assembled at each location. Essentially, his titles summarize the raw materials prepared for any given project's mechanical system.
For example, the listing of materials in his title for the bitforms gallery exhibition addresses a specific set of sculptures that Zimoun
will be presenting. These twelve pieces are radically reductive in format and will be making their debut in New York.
At the center of Zimoun’s practice is study of vibrational microstructures. His work explores the mechanical rhythm and flow of
prepared systems. Both sonically and visually, units of pulsing activity form the basis of his compositions, whose timing and contours
are determined site-specifically. Blank zones of play are constructed, and set into motion by the elements of gravity, resistance,
chance and repetition. In his sculpture and installations, scale becomes a tool of amplification or visual multiplication, as he adapts
each system to a particular context.
In Queens, at the Knockdown Center, Zimoun is building a newly commissioned immersive environment of 250 motorized wood
beams and ropes. Each unit will cyclically strike the floor, producing a sonic experience reverberating within a 10,000 square foot
atrium space with 40-foot ceilings. Unveiling on Saturday February 7th, the installation marks Zimoun’s largest site-specific project in
US to date. Opening night, Zimoun will also present a rare live performance that will inaugurate a new series of cross-disciplinary
programming at Knockdown Center responding to its unique architecture and history.
Exhibited widely in Europe, Zimoun is best known for his construction of sonic sculptures, or ‘architecturally-minded platforms of
sound’. Recently interviewed by Space magazine in Korea, Zimoun explained his thinking on installation art as follows: What I call
‘sound architecture’ signifies a space of entrance, but also a sound composition that functions more like an organism, something that
is not changing into something else over time, but rather is full of variations in its details, and potent in its sonic possibilities. It’s not
about a beginning or end; it could even be endless. It’s not narrative. It’s not going somewhere, and not coming from anywhere –
even if it is continuously changing in its microstructures. It is more about creating a situation and focusing on the vibrations
happening at the current moment. It’s about creating a simple system, which then gains dynamism, becoming richer in its behavior.
So in that sense, time is informing these ‘sonic architectures’ in a very different way than that of conventional musical composition.
Furthering the logically rooted considerations of his practice, the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is featuring Zimoun’s
work in an exhibition at Stony Brook University in Long Island. On view will be a selection of videos and two sculptures,150 prepared
dc-motors, filler wire 1.0mm and 25 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 50x 50 x 50cm. The Simons Center is also
hosting an artist talk on February 5 in conjunction with the exhibit.
A fully illustrated exhibition guide will be available February 8 at the gallery and online. The display is also accompanied by two
monographs recently published in Europe. Available at the front desk, these publications highlight Zimoun’s 2014 solo exhibition at
the Museo d’Art, Lugano, and his 2013 site-specific installation for a toluene tank in Dottikon, Switzerland.
All three exhibitions are generously supported by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia; Swissnex Boston; Kultur Stadt Bern
and Swisslos Kultur Kanton Bern.
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Exhibition Details
Feb 5 – Apr 9, 2015. Simons Center for Geometry and Physics: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
K.E., 175 prepared dc-motors, 150 filler wires, 25 cotton balls, 3 screens, 25 cardboard boxes
Artist Talk: “Primitive Complexity”, Thursday, Feb 7, 4:00 PM
Reception: Thursday, Feb 5, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
www.scgp.stonybrook.edu
Feb 7 – Mar 8, 2015. Knockdown Center: 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, Queens, NY
250 prepared ac-motors, 325 kg roof laths, 1.8 km rope
Reception: Sat, Feb 7, 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Live Performance: Sat, Feb 7, 6:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Sat and Sun, 2:00 – 6:00 PM and by appointment
www.knockdown.center
Feb 8 – Mar 15, 2015. bitforms gallery: 131 Allen Street, New York, NY
147 prepared dc-motors, 66 balls, 49 mdf panels, 1 vitrine, 0.3m3 packing paper, 33 cardboard boxes, 1 screen
Reception: Sunday, Feb 8, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; and Sun, 12:00 PM Noon – 6:00 PM
www.bitforms.com
2015 Forthcoming and concurrent projects with Zimoun
Feb 14 - Mar 29: Nuella Dies Sine Linea, a group exhibition at the Kunsthaus, Zofingen, Switzerland
Mar 6-26: Zimoun, a solo exhibition at Cabane B, Bern, Switzerland
Mar 13 - Oct 4: Primitive Komplexität, a solo exhibition at the Klangruam Krems-Kapitelsaal, Minoritenkirche, Krems, Austria
Mar 20-29: STRP Biennale, a group exhibition at Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Apr-May: site-specific installations for a submarine base in Bordeaux, France
May 21 - Jul 26: Klangarchitektur, a solo exhibition at the Klangraum Krems-Kapitelsaal, Minoritenkirche, Krems, Austria
Jun 19 - Sep 27: group exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Biography
Zimoun (b. 1977, Bern, Switzerland) is an internationally acclaimed installation artist. His work has been exhibited and performed on
five continents, and has been recognized with awards from Bundesamt für Kultur/BAK, the Aeschlimann Corti Award, Prix Ars
Electronica and the Kiefer Hablitzel Preis from the Swiss Art Awards. Past exhibitions of his work have included the National Art
Museum of China, Beijing; Vasarely Fondation, Aix-en-Provence; Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel; Nam June Paik Art Museum,
Korea; Ringling Museum of Art, Florida; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Seoul Museum of Art, Korea; Museum of
Contemporary Art, Liechtenstein; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes; Museum Les Champs Libres, Rennes; Harnett Museum of Art,
Richmond; Kunsthalle Bern; Museum of Fine Arts, Bern; bitforms gallery, New York; Galerie Denise René, Paris; Oboro Gallery,
Montreal; National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Beall Art Center, Los
Angeles; List Art Center, Brown University, Providence; CUNY Graduate Center, New York; Kunstverein, Mannheim; Metropolitan
Arts Center, Belfast; Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM), Ljubljana; Art Basel, Switzerland; and the Museo d’Art, Lugano; among
others.
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Part of Stony Brook University, The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics a research center devoted to furthering fundamental knowledge in
mathematics and theoretical physics, especially knowledge at the interface of these two disciplines. In the last 30 years there has been much activity
at the interface of these two disciplines and the motivation for creating the Simons Center was the conviction that significant further progress in each
field can be achieved by bringing researchers from both disciplines together in an environment where they are encouraged to exchange ideas and
work across the divide separating the disciplines.
Built in 1903, Knockdown Center is a 50,000 square foot former door factory dedicated to presenting cultural events and exhibitions that respond to
its unique architecture and dimensions. Featuring programming that is representative of diverse formats, media, and ambitions, Knockdown Center
aims to create a radically cross-disciplinary environment.
bitforms gallery was founded in 2001 and is devoted to emerging and established contemporary artists who embrace the visual discourse of new
media culture.
For images and more information on the [KE] 3 exhibit, please visit www.bitforms.com and www.zimoun.ch.
For publicity requests, please contact gallery director Laura Blereau, [email protected] or call (212) 366-6939.