In her sculptural works, Ana Genovés has adopted the geometric conventions of form evident in some utilitarian constructions. She is interested in structures that adopt rational visual systems (geometry, symmetry) to contain the uncontainable and to comprehend the otherwise incomprehensible; how this aesthetic of functionality is imposed on something beyond reason; and how despite its brutal order of physicality, an object might yet appear to emanate a trace of consciousness. The sense of the absurd and the paradoxical that sometimes arises through this uneasy symbiosis is something that lies at the heart of her work.
For her show at Vitrine Gallery, Genovés will create a sculpture responding to the gallery’s architecture and broader visual fields of the immediate environment. Resembling a modern form and appearing familiar, this work continues Genovés exploration of visual uncertainties. Playful, dark and emotive disparities affirm the disconcerting tension between the object and the viewer, who looks but cannot touch this elusive surface.
Sitting comfortably as a backdrop to the passing world, whilst simultaneously being completely incongruous, inert and indifferent to it, the sculpture’s occupation activates the internal (impenetrable) space and window plane. A monolith has arrived, wedged behind the gallery windows, where does is originate? Why does it exist? It’s a perfect suffocating fit.
Ana Genovés (b. Madrid, 1969) lives and works in London. She studied at Chelsea College of Art, before completing her postgraduate studies at Slade School of Fine Art in 1995. Solo exhibitions include: The Russian Club, London (2009); The Drawing Room/Tannery Arts, London (2008); File Under Occupation, London (2006); The Approach Gallery, London (1999). Selected group exhibitions include: Hiroshima Art Document, Japan (2010); The Square Show Bloomberg Space, London (2003); Jerwood Sculpture Prize (2001); Dumbpop, Jerwood Gallery (1999); Beck’s New Contemporaries (1997); Ana Genoves, Rachel Lowther and Kerry Stewart, The Approach (1997). A monograph on the artist’s work was published in 2009.