Ivana Franke: Lability
Art Pavilion Zagreb, September 8 – October 20, 2009.
With her formal procedures, resources and materials, optical and kinetic in their characteristics, Ivana Franke builds artistic and spatial structures with her light installations placed on the whole in darkened rooms in which she develops her concept of a complex, unstable and changeable space. ... In the observation and discovery of this spatial situation there are two variables, there are light and movement. They are created by the colourless light within insubstantial geometrical bodies made of nylon filament or transparent canvas, which can be static or rotating, surfaces of transparent and reflecting materials that capture and mirror light, whether artificial or natural, and the movement of the observer in a space of restricted visibility, or along variable planes of movement. The slightest shifts produce very different refractions of light and create images of the stretching or flickering of surfaces and volumes. Movement is the structural element and effect of all space. And what in fact does one think of a space formed in this way, how does one understand a space that is conceptualised by the work of Ivana Franke? This would be a task for a much profounder consideration, which would take in the importance of space in connection with the places that contain the bodies, with the positions of the bodies between which a certain extension does exist, the temporal gaps between them, when and because of which it can be determined that space comes into being, and places vanish.
One should show in what actually we find the essential characteristic of the space. Here it is as if the work of Ivan Franke suggests that we investigate this characteristic in the very space itself, in our relations with it. The relationship then between man and space. Man does not create space, because it is not something objective, something like an object. Man presences space, as we recall from the writing of Martin Heidegger. As for presencing as space in the dynamics of one’s own being in space and the human organisation of his own space and space in general. This presencing is referred to in German as “räumen”, which means clearing, moving through, liberation, the cut towards the light, the clearing. The poetic image of a quote from Grimm’s dictionary about the original meaning of the word as the creation of a clearing the forest perhaps the best sums up the experience of the works of Ivana Franke: einen raum, d.h. eine lichtung im walde schaffen.
From text by Zlatko Wurzberge
Installation view: Lability, Art Pavilion, Zagreb, 2009. Photographs: Kristina Lenard.
List of exhibited works
Reflektor lustera, 2009.
Acryl glass. Diameter 1 m.
Introducing gaps, 2008
Five prints, silkscreen on paper 32 x 32 cm each.
Instants of Visibility, 2009.
Aluminium construction, fabric (tulle), electric motor, slide projector.
500 x 530 x 280 cm. Rotation speed 1.5 rpm.
Sky Carpet, 2009.
Transparent glossy foil, adhesive tape. Dimensions variable.
In Circles, 2009.
Aluminium construction, monofilament, LED lights, electric transformer. Diameter of the circle 690 cm, height 7 cm.
Animated Sphere, 2008.
Metal construction, monofilament, light bulb, electric transformer, Diameter 105 cm.
Metal construction, monofilament. Diameter 30 cm.