Invitation Infinity Group Exhibition
Infinity – Alberto Garutti, Peter Halley, Tatsuo Miyajima, Roman Opalka, Lee Ufan, Clare Woods
26 Mar—23 Apr 2022

Infinity – Alberto Garutti, Peter Halley, Tatsuo Miyajima, Roman Opalka, Lee Ufan, Clare Woods

26 Mar—23 Apr 2022
Buchmann Galerie
Press release

 

The concept of infinity is applied to phenomena that transcend the quantifiable, where our systems of measurability no longer provide accurate information. At this point we enter a realm where the purely metric crosses over with the transcendent, with the spiritual and philosophically speculative. Artistic creation often emerges along this line - from clear localisation to ephemeral appearance. The works of the artists in the exhibition can all be related - in one way or another - to the concept of infinity.

 

Thus, the notion of the end point of the measurable, and a possible beginning of infinity, appears in the work Orizzonte by Alberto Garutti (1948, Galbiate, IT). Each work in the series Orizzonte, begun in 1987, has an everlasting relationship with the name of its owner in the title of the work, and thus continues to write itself. "When I design a new horizon, I always imagine the straight line leaving my studio, entering the homes of collectors and joining the others to construct the 'ideal' horizon of my life, the union of all those who love and support my work," says the artist. The sharp horizontal division into a white and a black surface, in which the surrounding space is reflected, creates an association of infinite space behind the line of the horizon.

 

In 1965, the French-born Polish artist Roman Opałka made a fundamental artistic decision that would henceforth determine the rest of his life and work. He decided to paint numbers from one to infinity for the duration of his life, progressing from one canvas to the next. Using a fine brush, starting with a small "1" in the upper left corner of a black canvas measuring 195 x 135 cm, the artist continued to paint neat rows of tiny consecutive numbers from one side of the canvas to the other. By the time he reached the lower right corner, he had reached the number 35,327. The next painting then began with this number, etc. From 1971 onwards, Opalka began to make the ground colour of the canvas 1% whiter with each new painting. At the time of his death in August 2011, Opalka's decade-long count had reached 5,607,249. Over the course of 46 years, 233 canvases were created. Opalka contrasts the paintings with his photographic portrait, which he took of himself with the same expression over and over again. These photographs impressively document the changeability of all being.

 

Tatsuo Miyajima's (*1957, Tokyo) work Life (ku wall) consists of numerical displays made of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that light up in a black square object at unpredictable speeds and positions. The numbers 1-9 - 0 is omitted, as in all of Tatsuo Miyajima's work - light up in an infinite combinatorics in inexhaustible variations. Keep changing, connect with everything, and continue forever are the three conceptual foundations of Tatsuo Miyajima's multifaceted work, whose existential examination of time and number in a world increasingly dominated by numbers and counting, the measurable and the finite, is impressively topical.

 

Peter Halley (*1953, New York City), key figure of the Neo-Conceptualism of the 1980s, is known for his "Cells", geometric-abstract works that transfer the radically contentless codes of historical abstraction into a post-structuralist reading. His abstract-geometrical paintings, often executed in Day-Glo luminous paint, thematise the world as a network of structural references and dependencies. A special place in Halley's oeuvre is occupied by the 2017 work Explosion in the exhibition - an explosion of soft greens and yellows on aluminium that could be read as an explosive commentary on the artist's austere geometricising works.

 

In the work Study for Maybe in Another World by Clare Woods (*1973, Southampton, UK), the questioning of the (in)finite takes place from a deeply painterly perspective. The title refers to another world, painted in ephemeral yet powerful brushstrokes, the image detail shows us a section of a - potentially infinite - painterly sky. The subject of the sky is new in Clare Wood's extensive oeuvre, apart from the paintings of windows from recent years, in which the sky appeared as an inkling, a glimpse out of the window. In Wood's painting, the sky appears as a space that "hovers above things", just as the sky is a highly symbolic territory in Western culture. The "infinite", unfinished, of the sky is now defined by a strong cut-out, the (potential) infinity of the space above us transferred into an image of sublime colour.

 

Lee Ufan (*1936, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea), the most prominent member of the influential Mono-ha movement in Japan, painter, sculptor, author, philosopher, uses the raw material as an inescapable quantity. A profound connoisseur of modern philosophy and Asian metaphysics, Lee Ufan has combined his artistic practice with a wealth of theoretical and philosophical writings. Western notions of representation are critically considered by Lee Ufan, and his work explores the relationships between materials and their perception. His minimalist practice, which bears witness to an extraordinary ethic of restraint, creates a form of dialectical approach to the infinite via emptiness.

The exhibited work Relatum, 1978 combines a three-metre rope with a 350-kilogram steel block. Measurable quantities, weight, length, extension, volume are made accessible to the viewer with the invitation to examine the metaphysical content for oneself. Thus the work spans the arc, to quote Wittgenstein, between "The world is everything that is the case" to "What one cannot speak about, one must remain silent about". The work was exhibited in the 2011 exhibition Marking Infinity at the Guggenheim New York.

 

For more information on the artists or images, please feel free to contact the gallery at any time.

Invitation Infinity Group Exhibition

Tatsuo Miyajima

Born 1957 in Tokyo. Lives and works in Ibaraki, Japan.

 

2012 - 2016Kyoto University of Art & Design Vice President

2006 - 2016Tohoku University of Art & Design Vice President

 

 

Education
1986 Completed postgraduate studies at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (M.A.)
1984 Graduated from Oil Painting Course, Fine Arts Department, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (B.A.)
Grants and Awards
1998 London Institute honorary doctorate
1993 Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
1990–1991 DAAD Scholarship Berliner Kunstprogramm Berlin,
1990 ACC - Asian Cultural Council, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2014
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2012
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Group Exhibitions

2022
2021
2018
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2014
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Selected Collections

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan

Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Panasonic Museum in Osaka, Japan

FARET Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

TV Asahi building, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan

Chiba City Museum, Chiba, Japan

Group Home Sala in Florence Village, Akita, Japan

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

Saitama Prefectural University, Saitama, Japan

Izumi City Plaza, Osaka, Japan

Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan

Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

 

M+ Museum, Hong Kong

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

Samsung Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea

Leeum, Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea

Chinese Telecom, Taipei, China

 

Tate Gallery, London, UK

The British Museum, London, UK

Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland

Université de Genève, Switzerland

La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Fondazione TESECO per l'Arte, Pisa, Italy

Chateau La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France  

 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, U.S.A.

Dallas Museum of Art, U.S.A.

Denver Art Museum, Denver, U.S.A.

Dannheisser Foundation, New York, U.S.A.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada

Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

Other Projects
2005 ARTISTS SUMMIT, KYOTO, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan
2002 Collaboration with SOPHNET (fashion design brand) 2002 A/W Collection Tokyo
1000 Real Life Project - Death Clock, Tokyo
2000 Floating Time - Hospice Project, Sotoasahikawa Hospital, Akita
1998 Portfolio for The Edge of Awareness
1995 Portfolio for 4. Uluslararasi Istanbul Bienali-ORIENT / ATION
1994 Mirror, multiple, Spiral, Tokyo
1993 Over Economy, acrylic, pencil on bank note \10,000
1992 Project for PARKETT
1984 Time Funeral, record jacket, SMS Records

Alberto Garutti

Born in 1948 in Galbiate

Lives and works in Milan

Solo Exhibitions

2021
2019
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2010
2009
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2006
2005
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1995
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1993
1992
1991
1990
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1984
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1981
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Group Exhibitions

2020
2018
2017
2014
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2010
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Permanent Installations and Commissions

2012 Permanent artwork, Porta Nuova-Garibaldi, Milan
2011 Permanent artwork, Malpensa airport, Stazione Cadorna, Milan
2005 Appointed for the enclosure project of the garden in front of the Fondazione Sandretto, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Invitation contest for the new Cittadella Giustizia, Venice
2002 Artwork for the Sant'Andrea Hospital, Rome
1999 Artwork for the Pietrasanta Hotel, Room 101, Pietrasanta Forte dei Marmi
1998 Permanent artwork, Piazza Dante, Bergamo
1996 Artwork for Palazzo Cordati, Fondazione Teseco per l’Arte, Barga
Permanent artwork, Piazza Pontida, Bergamo
1993 Permanent artwork, Hotel Palace, Room 402, Bologna

Peter Halley

Born 1953, New York, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA.

Clare Woods

Born 1972, lives and works in Hereford, UK

Education
1997 - 99 MA, Goldsmith’s College, London
1991 - 94 BA, Bath College of Art, Bath
Grants and Awards
2022 Elected to Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

 

Solo Exhibitions

2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2015
2013
2012
2011
2009
2008
2007
2006
2004
2002
2000
1997

Group Exhibitions

2022
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
Selected Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj
Arts Council Collection, London
British Airways Art Collection, London
CCA Andratx, Mallorca
Colección VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo), Valencia
Government Art Collection, London
Harewood House, Leeds
Honart Museum, Tehran
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Mead Gallery, Warwick University, Warwick
NationalCollection of Wales, Cardiff
Nuffield College Collection, Oxford
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
The British Council Collection, London
The Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens
The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield
The Hiscox Collection, London
The Hive, Worcester
The National Museum, Cardiff
The Ophiuchus Collection, Geneva
Tulle House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
VIA University, Aarhus

Roman Opałka

Born 1931, Abbeville-Saint-Lucien, France. Died 2011, Rome, Italy.

Lee Ufan

Born 1936 in Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea