February 3, 2017 - CRAC Alsace - Zigzag Incisions
February 3, 2017

CRAC Alsace

Zigzag Incisions
February 12–May 14, 2017

Opening brunch: February 12, 11:30am

CRAC Alsace
18 rue du Château
68130 Altkirch
France
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 2–6pm

T +33 3 89 08 82 59
info@cracalsace.com

www.cracalsace.com
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Zigzag Incisions
February 12–May 14, 2017

Opening brunch: February 12, 11:30am

CRAC Alsace
18 rue du Château
68130 Altkirch
France
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 2–6pm

T +33 3 89 08 82 59
info@cracalsace.com

www.cracalsace.com
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Curated by Victor Costales & Elfi Turpin

With Armando Andrade Tudela, Raven Chacon, Roberto Evangelista, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Seulgi Lee, Pierre Leguillon, Felipe Mujica, Edit Oderbolz, Blinky Palermo, Tania Pérez Córdova & Francesco Pedraglio, Falke Pisano, Julia Rometti, Jorge Satorre

Exhibition presented in collaboration with SALTS, Birsfelden, Switzerland


"…circles, circles; innumerable circles, concentric, eccentric; a coruscating whirl of circles that by their tangled multitude of repeated curves, uniformity of form, and confusion of intersecting lines suggested a rendering of cosmic chaos, the symbolism of a mad art attempting the inconceivable."
–Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent.

An epigraph stolen from a book, far from troubled border cities.

Kites, kites; innumerable kites; psycho-acid pentagons, some with mad ninja turtle smiles, held by invisible lines of varied intensities and force. Their vernacular shapes and structures are jerked by gusts of tropical winds, feeling the storm coming, lowering the skies above the city. They are being pushed against the grey-green moss walls of a decrepit modernist building. The kites hit the walls, stick to them, cover the helpless concrete humidity with overlapping fractals and colours in a wild kaleidoscopic arrangement. The minor myth of a kite assembled with the half-forgotten ritual of a modernist wall, by the random trajectory of the wind and the monsoon. Fat rain drops tear the paper, rip it down, leaving a few fragments of flying geometry attached to the dirty surfaces, glued there for some time. Maybe geological time.

There is nothing inconceivable in the art of crossing the flat surface of an evening public plaza, walking in zigzags, observing with sideways glances what’s going on on the peripheries of that wide and desolate space. It’s just a method, another way of practising the tangents, of staying in friction with multiple trajectories of other beings, simultaneously. Walking in zigzag is to practise chance, incised on the low-impact geometries of any Latin American city, forest or desert. Just like the fine black lines, mapping the nearby rivers, are painted on a ceramic bowl left on the table of an open house, so if you happen to pass by, you will know where the dwellers of that house went fishing. Provided that you know how to read the code, of course. A matter of proximity.

Back to the plaza, zigzagging closer to its varied perimeters, if you move your eyes to the left for a fraction of a second, you might catch two men, hand in hand, performing a perfect tango, with style and elegance beyond description. If you look slightly to the right in the same no time, you might fix the seemingly erratic pirouettes of an insect (most probably a fly) flying out from the rear window of a cab, leaving a half drunk passenger gesticulating frantically towards the driver, telling a story of another A to B through Z parkour. Chances are you will get caught in one of the fly's loops. You just have to be very very good at glancing sideways. Practise it often.

But what happens in Asunción doesn’t stay in Cocosolo. The wind that just finished flipping through the book on geometry Professor Amalfitano left hanging in his yard on a clothesline, in that unfortunate readymade city, to see if an axiom can learn something from real life (or vice-versa)—that wind will carry the concept of strange attractors(1) to the cacti growing in the mountains surrounding Lima. Some hours later someone will cook the cactus, will see the fractals projected on things in the night, and will try to assemble a different language, to name further oblique complexities.

We watched the passing lights, as in Charly's(2) post-dictatorship pop anthem: red, green, yellow, green, fuschia. We crossed the plaza, the colours, the humans and some other entities. We were not strangers.

–Victor Costales, January 2017.


Zigzag Incisions breaths the same air as a book on geometry hanging from a clothesline. This exhibition brings together Armando Andrade Tudela, Raven Chacon, Roberto Evangelista, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Alfredo Hubard, Seulgi Lee, Pierre Leguillon, Felipe Mujica, Edit Oderbolz, Blinky Palermo, Tania Pérez Córdova & Francesco Pedraglio, Falke Pisano, Julia Rometti, Jorge Satorre, whose works and ideas circulate between three different locations: CRAC Alsace, a 19th-century former secondary school located in Altkirch, France; SALTS, an old family butcher shop, located in Birsfelden, Switzerland; and Follas Novas bookshop, located in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where the book Testamento Geométrico written by Galician poet Rafael Dieste was bought, the same book that professor Amalfitano—a character from Bolaño’s 2666 novel—hanged, not without astonishment, from a clothesline in the backyard of his house.
 

(1) www.matierevolution.fr/spip.php?article706
(2) youtu.be/yw1xpXndLr8


Opening brunch at CRAC Alsace: February 12, 11:30am

Opening at SALTS: February 18, 5pm
SALTS, Haupstrasse 12, CH-4127 Birsfelden, www.salts.ch


Press contact: Richard Neyroud, r.neyroud [​at​] cracalsace.com


CRAC Alsace is a member of d.c.a and Versant Est.

CRAC Alsace is supported by: Ville d'Altkirch, Conseil Départemental du Haut-Rhin, Région Grand Est and DRAC Grand Est – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.

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