EDUARDO NAVARRO: SOLO EXHIBITION AT GASWORKS LONDON
The London-based Gasworks contemporary art organization announced its Winter/Spring exhibitions for 2020, which will include Eduardo Navarro and Lauren Gault.
Lauren Gault: C I T H R A
January 23-March 22, 2020
C I T H R A is the first solo exhibition in London by Glasgow-based artist Lauren Gault. Through her experimentation with unorthodox materials, techniques and manufacturing processes, Gault’s work explores the transitions between different states of matter while addressing the ethical and political implications of human interactions with the environment.
In Gault’s sculptures, materials as diverse as polished horn, blown glass, pumped air, light, water or agriculture; milk powder are transformed by processes involving pressure, tension and release. Her work evokes intangible encounters between radically different materialities and opens up a space for objects to communicate and resonate with one another.
A distant relative of the artist, Martha Craig’s long-forgotten science-fiction novel, The Men of Mars (anonymously published in 1907 under a mysterious pen name, “Mithra”), as well as her visionary ideas about physics form the basis for Gault’s exhibition, C I T H R A -its title an allusion to the early Zoroastrian word for “seed”, “species”, “livestock” or “prototype”.
C I T H R A is commissioned and produced by Gasworks. In late 2020, the exhibition will travel to The Tetley, in Leeds. Lauren Gault is the fourth artist to take part in the Freelands Gasworks Partnership, a programme that offers emerging artists based outside London a three-month residency and a solo exhibition at Gasworks.
April 9-June 14, 2020
Gasworks presents the first UK solo exhibition by Buenos Aires-based artist Eduardo Navarro. His work moves away from representation, instead creating sensorial experiences with the potential to induce a radical transformation of the self and others.
In recent years, Navarro’s work has led him to adopt the metabolism of a reptile, to experiment with ways of embodying the physical properties of light, and to invite a large group of collaborators to animate a giant octopus, thus becoming part of its decentralized nervous system.
His exhibition at Gasworks will turn the gallery into a living, breathing organism that inhales air from the street. Acting as a large-scale prosthetic device, Navarro’s immersive new installation will encourage viewers to synchronize their breath and biorhythms with the architecture of Gasworks alongside other visitors.
With a simple gesture, Navarro’s exhibition becomes a space of collective meditation and oceanic breathing, offering audiences a unique opportunity to abandon their individual sense of self and enter a telepathic community, a shared space-time experience.
Eduardo Navarro’s exhibition is also commissioned and produced by Gasworks, and supported by Catherine Petitgas and Gasworks Exhibitions Supporters.