27 JUNE – 8 AUGUST 2009

Micol Assaël began these series of drawings during her stay in the desert-like Icelandic landscape as a study on the relationship between air and light. After her return to Rome, she made a habit of starting every day with the creation of a white ink drawing instead of writing down her dreams like she did before. In the way of diary sketches, the drawings attest to constant transformations within time.

The aesthetic lightness of the paper works seems to contrast Micol Assaël’s installations in space, usually made of a heavy, machine-like technicality and often challenging the visitor physically. In 2007 she exhibited an accessible container at KÖNIG GALERIE. Inside the container low-frequency motors run hot so that the space filled up with smoke and a gasoline stench. The humming and buzzing of the motors starting and stopping produced noise-harmonies which upon entering the container could be felt with the body.

Assaël's installations are strictly built upon the laws of physics, mechanics and logic. At the same time, the artist reflects on philosophical concepts, which attempt to find a „physical Heimat for human consciousness" by connecting natural and social sciences. From this perspective, the amoeba-like forms in the drawing series „Inner Disorder" appear like energy-loaded particles in constant movement. Resulting from a half-conscious state between dreaming and waking, they seem to document empirically the mind's flow. The leap from "micro" to "macro", from subtle drawings to the large-format wall painting, translate the process into an almost analytic representational form.



Micol Assaël (b. 1979 in Rome, Italy) currently lives and works in Greece and Rome. The work of the Artist investigates the characteristic of the matter, physical phenomena and forces and their interaction with the human being and his experience. Assaël’s background in philosophy has always been combined  with her fascination with natural phenomena, technological theories and machineries (she uses electricity, sound, and organic materials like wood and water to evoke nature’s unexpected dangers and discomforts). Her work acts upon the cognitive and sensory response of the viewer, generating, unpredictable and uncomfortable situations which...
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