Irene Kopelman «Entanglement»

16th March – 12th May 2013

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Irene Kopelman, The Exact Opposite of Distance, 2013

Photo: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Gunnar Meier

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Irene Kopelman, The Exact Opposite of Distance, 2013

Photo: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Gunnar Meier

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Irene Kopelman, exhibition view, Sampling Greens, 2013, The Exact Opposite of Distance, 2013

Photo: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Gunnar Meier

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Irene Kopelman, exhibition view, Leaf Litter Traps, 2013, Sampling Greens, 2013

Photo: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Gunnar Meier

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Irene Kopelman, exhibition view, Leaf Litter Traps, 2013, Sampling Greens, 2013

Photo: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Gunnar Meier

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Irene Kopelman, Leaf Litter Traps, 2013

Photo: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Gunnar Meier

Opening: Fri, 15 March 2013, 6 p.m.
Guided tours: Tues, 19 March 2013, 6.30 p.m., Sun, 12 May 2013, 3 p.m.
Art Lunch: Thurs, 18 April 2013, 12 noon


With the exhibitions of Irene Kopelman (*1974, Argentina) and Stefan Burger (*1977, Germany) Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is presenting two different artistic positions which enter a dialogue. Both projects attempt the impossible: to capture complex phenomena and relationships visually.

The works of the Amsterdam-based artist Irene Kopelman are the result of intensive research which includes close cooperation with scientists as well as her own fieldwork. In the process she searches for suitable methods to transform certain phenomena into drawings, paintings and sculptures.

In the exhibition «Entanglement» Irene Kopelman is showing three series of delicate drawings and paintings on paper which she produced during visits to scientific expeditions in Malaysia, Panama and Peru. The artist approached the forests there in cautious and very different ways: whereas for the Panama series of drawings, Leaf Litter Traps, she used the outlines of fallen leaves and small twigs which she gathered in nets – the so-called leaf litter traps as laid out by researchers, the diptychs of the Malaysia series Sampling Greens show Kopelman’s attempt to capture in colour studies the immeasurable and perhaps infinite varieties of shades of green in the jungle. In the Peru series The Exact Opposite of Distance a system ultimately becomes visible which first enabled the artist – overwhelmed by the density and proximity of the jungle – to produce a representation. She created a section with borders made up of crossing lines – such as a tree trunk, a liana or a branch lying on the ground. She then depicts the contents of this “window” in the drawing.

This comprehensive work of Irene Kopelman is being shown at an institution in its entirety for the first time. A publication, produced in cooperation with Roma Publishing, accompanies the exhibition.

Irene Kopelman (*1974 Cordoba, Argentina) studied at the School of Arts, National University of Cordoba, AR and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions took place at the following institutions and galleries (amongst others): Motive Gallery, Brussels (2013); Gasworks Gallery, London (2012); BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, NL; Labor Gallery, Mexico City (2011); Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES (2009). Further, she participated in various group exhibitions (amongst others): Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, BR; Fondation d‘entreprise Ricard, Paris; MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, ES (in cooperation with Mariana Castillo Deball) (2011); De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL (2010); MACBA - Museu d‘Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Performa, New York (in cooperation with Mariana Castillo Deball); FRAC - Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris; Contemporary Image Collective - CIC, Cairo (2009).

«Entanglement» is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam.

Special thanks to Crees Foundation, The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF), Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Albert Groot for the support of Irene Kopelman's project.

The artist would like to thank the following people: Quinn Meyer, Jaime Villacampa, Jasmine Rowe, Grant Reekie and the entire team of Manu Learning Centre, Menno Schilthuizen, Giovanni Carmine, Petra Kuipers and Chris Bestebreurtje from Motive Gallery, Albert Groot, Pamela Echevería from Galeria Labor, François Piron, Praneet Soi, Zulema Resnik, Guido Kopelman, Roger Willems, Moosje Goosen, Josefina Coisson, Amalia Pica, Mariana Castillo Deball, Rodrigo Feliz, Cathy de Haan, and Maren Brauner.

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