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AIT ARTIST TALK #75 "Indefinite ways of actual seeing"

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"Indefinite ways of actual seeing"
by Charlott Markus from the Netherlands

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Support: Mondriaan Fonds

*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / Consecutive Japanese translation available

Left: Detail of front side of the work 'Partition #3 (Markus&I)', 2018
Right: Detail of backside of the work 'Partition #3 (Markus&I)', 2018

AIT is pleased to host the artist talk by our current artist in residence from the Netherlands, Charlott Markus, with the support of Mondriaan Fund. Markus is staying with us in Japan until April 4th.

A Sweden-born, Amsterdam-based artist, Charlott Markus started her artistic career by making various still-life photographs, pursuing the trajectories of the remnants that our society left behind. Yet her recent artwork still traces two-dimensional components but over time, her practice enhances spatial configurations to construct installations with more stories to tell beyond still-life photographs. It can be described as 'extended still-life', the artist explains where she explores possibility and its limit to create untold narratives and meanings. Her research touches down on the hidden stories of found objects and how they are constructed and transformed. Markus for example, employs old and used fabrics such as curtains to bring us the experience in transcendence of time, while immersing our imagination through many objects and materials in her multi-layered installation.

To excavate "Unseen" and "Hidden" subjects in her artwork is great pleasure, when viewers are encouraged to walk from various directions to approach, even from behind. However, the props such as curtains and partitions are almost paradoxically seen in her installations, as the spatial structure with those props questions existent perspective and challenges our spontaneous action to see. Her artwork gently invites us to sense the emotional bounce between consciousness and unconsciousness, and suddenly such action through the artistic experience becomes emphasized.

At this talk, Markus will speak about her previous artworks, and the recent involvement in the research upon the Japanese textile (Boro). The event is part of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2019, with the theme, The Art of Transposition that compositing an art exhibition, screenings, and symposia alongside. We look forward to welcoming you.
We hope that you can join us.

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku) [MAP]
Admission: 1,000 yen (general), 800 yen (MAD students, general students and AIT base member), free (AIT house and support member)
All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / Consecutive translation available
Support: Mondriaan Fonds

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[ Artist Profile ]

Charlott Markus
(Born in Sweden, works and lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Charlott Markus is a Swedish visual artist living and working in Amsterdam. After graduating from the Photography Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy her works has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Netherlands and abroad. Markus constructs still-lifes and arrangements that predominantly end up as photographic series and as site-specific spatial pieces. Markus is the recipient of the Proven Talent grant from The Mondriaan foundation in 2016 supporting her work for four years. The way Markus works is not only investigating space, color and form but an indirect investigation into relations and structures (often mixed with her own biography). Aside from being a visual artist Markus occasionally organizes events and curates exhibitions with themes close to her own artist practice. >>> Find more