Solo show Salzburger Kunstverein
9.2.2019 - 31.3.2019
Curator: Seamus Kealy
MDF, Aluminium, Polycarbonate, Plexiglas, LED lights, sound
Sound and light design: Alona Rodeh, Rachid Moro
Engineering: Rachid Moro
Construction: Adam Goldstein, Liav Gabay
The title of the exhibition, DARK AGES 2020, refers to an approaching future, one already discernible. Rodeh’s first institutional show in Austria marks a challenging new step in her investigation of light as a cultural and physical entity. Her work draws upon research on cultural (especially modern) uses of light and darkness (especially architectural) as well as current technologies of illumination produced for road works, emergency services, airport runways and more.
With black walls and black flooring throughout the gallery space, one encounters eight sculptural figures installed in a grid-like pattern. These objects resemble hybrids of street lamps, oversized bollards, real size columns, chess pieces, or futuristic totems. A variety of LED lights, as well as reflective materials, products of the booming vehicular light industry, are embedded in these vertical architectonic sculptures. These all illuminate intermittently, along with road-works LED lights placed otherwise throughout the grid, behaving as coded signals communicating with one another. All lighting blinks together in a choreographed chain reaction programmed with a sculpted sound filling the entire space.
—Seamus Kealy, Salzburger Kunstverein