All and Everything'
The exhibition 'All and Everything' presents, side by side for the first time, two pieces by Portuguese artist Alexandre Estrela: 'Solar Watch' and 'The Golden Record (All and Everything)'. As a prelude Estrela’s upcoming exhibition at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, CHART, Museo Tamayo and Den Frie brings never before seen artworks by Estrela to audiences in Copenhagen.
The exhibition examines how concepts such as time and space are understood through an idiosyncratic standpoint. The pieces convey a new decree of laws that disrupt the common order of things, questioning our perception of certainty by suggesting all variables can be possible, as a new symphony of paradoxical properties.
In the piece The Golden Record (All and Everything), a solar system cast in bronze moves endlessly to the sound of 16 voices. The forced rotation of this monumental disk reveals an invisible object, a ninth planet that collides in its course with mathematically aligned stars and draws an orbit on the surface of the screen. While in Solar Watch, a metal sundial bends a video projection to the presence of its gnomon (the stick of a sun dial); the course of the sun is determined by a shadow, governed by the man-made concept of time, as if hidden was gravitational force symbolising the deviation of the sun.
Both video installations exhibit recurrent traits of Alexandre Estrela’s practice, exhibiting an experimental redistribution of references: from connotations in the titles, unorthodox readings of scientific phenomena and obscure examples of art history; to the images, often sleeping within SD cards for long periods of time, until Estrela sets them in motion making the subject of the image once more autonomous and concrete matter.