Exhibition preview: The World of Extraordinary Objects, October Gallery, London, until April 13 2013
Remy Jungerman is on a quest to connect with his personal African Diaspora. Turning high-tech cables into organic tree structures, the Surinam-born, Netherlands-based multimedia artist says the challenge to humanity is no longer about “controlling nature”, but more about quelling the threat of “an overwhelming technological homogenisation and standardisation of human communication.”
© Courtesy Jukhee Kwon
Jungerman is appearing in London for the first time, joined by two fellow newbies: Gyeong Yoon An won the Asia Artist Award last year, reinterpreting icons – Venus among them – in sculptural spins on contemporary society and sculpture.
And Jukhee Kwon, who studied in Korea but earned an MA from Camberwell College of Arts, twists and moulds abandoned and disused books until the pages are shredded into “book sculptures”.
You might not find three more imaginative fledgling artists than this, standing alongside a large-scale Romauld Hazoumè sculpture, Exit Ball, and works by gallery favourites including Gérard Quenum, Gandalf Gavan, William S Burroughs and Huang Xu. Keeping it as esoterically otherworldly as usual, the October never fails to intrigue and transport the mind.
- Open Tuesday-Saturday 12.30pm-5.30pm. Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @OctoberLondon.
© Courtesy October Gallery, London. Photo: Jonathan Greet
© Courtesy Gyeong Yoon An
© Photo: Jonathan Greet
© Photo: Aatjan Renders