Exhibition – Action: The Function of the Oblique, curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini

‘Action: The Function of the Oblique’ presents a series of artistic responses to the eponymous work of architectural theory by Paul Virilio and Claude Parent, in which they declare ‘the end of the vertical as the axis of elevation’ and ‘the end of the horizontal as the permanent plane. The concept of the oblique was presented as a new mode of appropriating space, promoting continuous, fluid movement and forcing the body to adapt to instability. Approached from different attitudes, Resistance and Action, this two part exhibition takes place across two gallery’s in South East London.

‘Action’ will take place at Son Gallery in Peckham and analyses physical and architectural conditions favoring fluidity, alteration and constant change.

‘Resistance’ takes place at No Format Gallery, Woolwich, until 22 April, and is informed by an understanding of the oblique as resistance to gravity and its horizontal legacy.

In both ‘Resistance’ and ‘Action’ the artists use concepts of the oblique as a destabilising force, creating imbalance and unexpected outputs by employing a variety of media to challenge traditional conceptions of space.

Date: 27 April – 26 May 2012
Venue: Son Gallery, Unit 9C, Copeland Industrial Park, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN London, United Kingdom

Background
In 1963, Claude Parent and Paul Virilio formed the Architecture Principe group with the aim of investigating a new kind of architectural and urban order. Rejecting the two fundamental directions of Euclidean space, they proclaimed ‘the end of the vertical as the axis of elevation’ and ‘the end of the horizontal as the permanent plane’. In place of the right angle, they adopted ‘the function of the oblique,’ which they believed would have the benefit of multiplying usable space.

For the Architecture Principe group, the concept of the oblique was a new mode of appropriating space, very much inspired by a Gestalt psychology of form, which promoted continuous, fluid movement and forced the body to adapt to instability.

Artists
Sebastian Acker
b. 1981, Germany
lives and works in London

Nicolas Feldmeyer
b. 1980, Switzerland
lives and works in London
www.feldmeyer.ch

Shan Hur
b. 1981 Korea
lives and works in London
www.shanhur.com

Minae Kim
b.1981, Korea
lives and works in London
www.minaekim.com

Jinhee Park
b.1979, Korea
lives and works in London
www.jinheeweb.com

Tobias Zehntner
b.1983, Switzerland
lives and works in London
www.tobiaszehntner.com

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