• 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 - August 30, 2019

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, June 7, 6–9PM

*Special Opening Hours:

June 15-16: 10AM-6PM

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).
    © 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).
    © 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).
    © 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).
    © 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).
    © 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.
    © Senga Nengudi.
    Photo: Quaku/Roderick Young.

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

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Selected Press

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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