Efrain Lopez Gallery
901 North Damen Av
Efrain Lopez Gallery is delighted to present PROOON, the first Chicago solo exhibition by Amalie Jakobsen. This is the artist’s first show with the gallery.
You just have to walk around, maybe you’ll see something. A sensory- dictated pursuit with eyes on colour, shape, reflection - your own perhaps... The jarring hard-edge of a colour, the thinness of a sheet of steel, objects reflected on the surface of other objects, you’ll find a freeform of elements sensitively orchestrated in 360 degrees.
In PROOON, Jakobsen sets forth a visual landscape that blurs the line between sculpture and installation. A series of eight bent aluminum columns share an intimate space with colored geometric metal cutouts, establishing a visual lexicon centered on the notions of form and subject, repetition and symmetry, and materiality and transformation. The works are displayed on large sheets of galvanized zinc creating a space-distorting effect suggestive of the built environment. Jakobsen fuels her contextual platform through Escher’s logic of space and proto-minimalist installations, such as El Lissitzky’s utopian Proun Room, 1923. In this recent body of work, Jakobsen seeks to destabilize what is historically named as a Minimalist visual language, opening it up to new interpretations.
Amalie Jakobsen (b. 1989 in DK) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She holds a BFA from Goldsmith University, London. Recent exhibition include Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen; Breve, Mexico City; Bosse and Baum, London; DKUK Salon, London; Jeune Création Européenne Biennale. Upcoming presentations include EXPO Chicago IN/SITU, Chicago; and RØM, Copenhagen.