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March 7, 2021
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Ethereal Installation in Dumbo

By Alexandra Glorioso
Doubter II, 2010 (Candles, balloons, candle snuffers, string, metal. Dimensions variable)

Now through Sun., Jan. 23: Yarisal and Kublitz exhibition, Doubter II at the Kunsthalle Galapagos Space in Dumbo.  Mon. to Sat., 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In this newly commissioned work for Kunsthalle Galapagos, Ronnie Yarisal and Katja Kublitz bring us into their world, where absurd situations create narratives, which proceed from expectation, lead to surprise, and result in a “dying anti-climax.” The Swiss-Danish duo, fresh from well-regarded exhibitions in Berlin and Bern, joins the Kunsthalle for their first major New York exhibition. Continuing the ruminations on life, and the choices that affect its duration, which they began with the editioned sculpture, Doubter, also commissioned by Kunsthalle Galapagos, the artists will produce an ambitious site specific installation, Doubter II.

The cathedral-ceilinged exhibition space will be populated with lit candles over which black balloons float. The balloons hover in the air over the candles at varying levels, depending on the concentration of helium remaining within them, like the scene of a birthday party a day after the fact. The candle snuffers tied to the ends of the balloons’ strings weigh them down, threatening to extinguish the candles as they slowly deflate. Just as birthdays celebrate our lives, they mark the passing of time, bringing us ever closer to our inevitable demise. The balloons’ trajectory acts as a metaphor for this process.

The artistic collaboration of Ronnie Yarisal and Katja Kublitz is known for playfully kinetic sculptures and installations which act like a long, circuitous setup for a joke whose punch line is delivered with destructive predictability. (julie McKim) The most well known example of this is their Anger Release Machine, 2006-08, where a vending machine filled with crystal glasses, porcelain plates and statuettes. The machine is not activated until a coin is placed into its slot. Selecting the item of choice – the viewer watches and waits for the machine to nudge it forward, suddenly releasing it from its place, to fall into the receptacle trough and shatter with a loud and satisfying crash.

Kunsthalle Galapagos

16 Main St. DUMBO


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