• Installation view, Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler, Zürich, 2019.

    Installation view, Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler, Zürich, 2019. Photo: Hannes Heinzer

  • Installation view, Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler, Zürich, 2019.

    Installation view, Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler, Zürich, 2019. Photo: Hannes Heinzer

  • Installation view, Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler, Zürich, 2019.

    Installation view, Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler, Zürich, 2019. Photo: Hannes Heinzer

  • Installation view, Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler, Zürich, 2019.

    Installation view, Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler, Zürich, 2019. Photo: Hannes Heinzer

Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol RamaExhibition

Zürich
June 8 - September 27, 2019

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, June 7, 6–9PM

Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama

Terry Adkins once described his method of repurposing found materials as “potential disclosure,” a process in which the strategic arrangement of objects revealed latent historical or metaphorical associations. For its first exhibition in Zürich, Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler presents Experimenting with Materiality, a consideration of the ways that such gestures of recontextualization manifest in the multimedia work of Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, and Carol Rama—artists who, despite working in disparate contexts, found resonant approaches to materiality.

Using quotidian objects as their primary media, each of these artists cultivated a historically-charged practice examining ongoing dialogues pertaining to race, gender, and industry. Engaging parallel assemblage techniques, each artist’s work is rooted in deep spiritualism that allowed them to pursue an art that elevates the base substance of their media through its incorporation into a transcendent whole. Presenting seminal works by these artists, Experimenting with Materiality celebrates the innovation and complexity of their practices.

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Selected Works

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  • Sonia Gomes. Picaré from Raíz Series, 2018

    Sonia Gomes
    Picaré from Raíz Series
    2018
    Fabric, seam and wood
    27 5/8 x 90 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches (70 x 230 x 100 cm)
    Artwork © Sonia Gomes
    Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM São Paulo, Brussels, New York
    Photo: Bruno Leão

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  • Senga Nengudi. Wet Night, Early Dawn, Scat Chant, Pilgrims Song, 1996/2017.

    Senga Nengudi
    Wet Night, Early Dawn, Scat Chant, Pilgrims Song
    1996/2017
    Paper, plastic, and bubble wrap
    Dimensions variable, approximate overall dimensions: 75 x 24 x 6 inches (190.5 x 61 x 15.24 cm)
    Artwork © Senga Nengudi

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  • Sonia Gomes. Untitled, from Pendentes series, 2018.

    Sonia Gomes
    Untitled, from Pendentes series
    2018
    Stitching, bindings, different fabrics and laces
    107 7/8 x 11 13/16 x 11 13/16 (274 x 30 x 30 cm)
    Artwork © Sonia Gomes
    Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM São Paulo, Brussels, New York

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  • Carol Rama
    Presagi di Birnam
    1994
    Rubber tires and iron hook on canvas with sheet metal
    53 1/8 x 23 5/8 inches (135 x 60 cm)
    Artwork © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino
    Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein

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  • Terry Adkins, Barchiel, 2012.

    Terry Adkins
    Barchiel
    2012
    Nylon, rooster feathers, wood, and microphone stand
    90 x 10 x 10 inches (228.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
    Artwork © Terry Adkins
    Courtesy of the Estate of Terry Adkins

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  • Senga Nengudi. Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978.

    Senga Nengudi
    Ceremony for Freeway Fets
    1978
    11 C-prints
    Each photograph, vertical: 18 x 12 inches (45.7 x 30.5 cm);
    Each photograph, large horizontal: 13 x 18 inches (33 x 45.7 cm);
    Each photograph, small horizontal: 12 x 18 inches (30.5 x 45.7 cm);
    Overall installation: variable
    Artwork © Senga Nengudi
    Photo: Quaku/Roderick Young

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  • Terry Adkins Call

    Terry Adkins
    Call
    1987
    Brass, iron, wood, and plaster
    7 x 47 1/2 x 7 inches (18 x 121 x 18 cm)
    Artwork © Terry Adkins
    Courtesy of the Estate of Terry Adkins
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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Selected Press

Blouin Artinfo | Group show “Experimenting with Materiality” at Lévy Gorvy, Zurich

July 19, 2019

Most works in this exhibition are ineluctably abstract. Yet there is a clear biomorphism that defines …

Artdaily | Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler open inaugural exhibition during Zurich Art Weekend

June 12, 2019

Terry Adkins once described his method of repurposing found materials as “potential disclosure,” …

Blouin Artinfo | Experimenting With Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama

June 12, 2019

Terry Adkins once described his method of repurposing found materials as “potential disclosure,” …

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