It’s season in the south, which means increased foot (and street) traffic, a buzzing restaurant scene and beach areas, resort wear abound, and art openings! Opening Alfstad& Contemporary’s fifth season in downtown Sarasota’s fastest growing “it” neighborhood, the Rosemary District, is highly-acclaimed Swiss artist Zimoun.
The Alfstad& Contemporary Zimoun installation, measures 44-feet by 14-feet and utilizes DC-motors, cotton balls, metal, tape, wire and power sources. The 208 cardboard boxes dominate the left side of the newly-revamped gallery. The artist notes that, though not immediately discernible, the installation is constantly changing in the microstructures of its behavior.
“Imagine a wall of cardboard boxes, stacked on one side of the gallery, not straight, but with slight variations. Each box has one motor and an equal amount of power,” says Zimoun. “In theory, each box should react the same, but it doesn‘t. Each reacts differently because the motors and the used materials add behavior each doing its own business. Individuality is growing out of the mass.”
Inside the Work
With simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architectural platforms of sound. His installations use commonplace industrial objects to explore mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems. The works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. With unexpected emotional depth, the acoustic hum of Zimoun’s minimalist constructions reverberates in the ears of viewers.
In recent years, Zimoun has gained international recognition, where his art is in several public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Lugano, Switzerland; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; Contemporary Art Museum MAC Santiago de Chile; Museum of Fine Arts, Switzerland; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Villa Datris, L’Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, France; Raja Art Collection, France; Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy; Art Collection Canton Switzerland or Public Art, City of Bern, Switzerland, next to others.
About the Gallery Opening
And more, the gallery space at Alfstad& Contemporary, located at 1419 5th Street in Sarasota’s buzzing Rosemary District, reveals its new reimagined artspace. The opening night reception is on Friday, November 3, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The exhibit runs through Friday, December 22.
For more information about Zimoun visit, www.zimoun.net/works.html
For more information about Alfstad& Contemporary visit, www.alfstadand.com