This exhibition, which is named after one of Francis Picabia's machine paintings, examines the idea of the art object as a machine. The works in the show are presented as productive machines possessing a capacity to carry out operations both as singular units and assembled into larger wholes. Instead of being representations in a conventional sense they function as productions of effects. Consequently the exhibition is not so much a stage of expressions, but more an operational field based on key concepts such as energy, velocity, and transformation. Five generations of artists are represented in the show, each of them enacting the machinic condition in their own way.
Thomas Bang has been active since the 1960s and 70s where he took part in the formative period of American Process art and Postminimalism. His works are visualizations of flows, diagrams and conveyor belt type connections, with a pronounced use of industrial materials frequently combined with craftbased working principles. The works in the exhibition contain interventions such as fragmentations and penetrations, referencing exposure and dissolution of the image.
INOX is an exhibition platform for young international art managed and curated by Benedikte Bjerre and Asta Lynge. The exhibitions are all taking place on a shelf in a refrigerator, next to groceries adapted to match the present artworks. Through a webpage, arrangements can be made to visit the refrigerator, which is normally placed in the shared flat where the two artists live. On this occasion INOX's everyday exhibition machine has been moved to Bonamatic, complete with foodstuff and an intimate group exhibition curated by the Swedish-Danish artist and curator team Coyote.
Torgny Wilcke works with raw and humble materials with a minium of associations, that he uses to deconstruct or reconfigure the medium of painting into elements such as surface, color, frame, form, and physicality. The disassembled parts are presented as a kind of functional do-it-yourself kits in shapes resembling fx lamps or furniture, and always with a conscious relation to the surrounding space. For the exhibition Torgny Wilcke has made a new work situating itself as an abstract rotating wheel or gigantic chandelier.
The works of Kristoffer Ørum are in a constant investigation of, and exchange with, the analog and digital spaces that we are daily navigating through. The machinic as a format for both production and display runs as a common aspect through Ørum's works. Coffee Lake is a video installation combining computer generated video with animated text. The installation takes its name from a widely distributed computerchip, the same that has been used to create the videos of the installation. The fragmented narrative of Coffee Lake takes place in the grey area between computer simulated 3d graphics and the human imaginary. It is a zone where phenomena such as computer screens, lakes of coffee, simulated fire and collective machines all influence our conceptions and expectations of the physical world.