“Transient objects”: complex and sublime

“Transient Objects,” acts as a foretaste of Xavier’s upcoming book which reflects on science, technology and spirituality. Photos featured in his book are on display alongside eerie installations that might draw your attention.

IMG_6040            Xavier Poultney’s exhibition is currently on view at the Kostka gallery.

The exhibition conveys a mystical vision of modern and ancient interpretations in our ever-changing world. The multidisciplinary artist’s motivation originates from a strong desire to explain things, which he describes as an innate greed of human nature.  Using both science and mysticism as his main sources of inspiration, the British artist constantly searches for profound explanations of our existence within the universe. Xavier directs his exploration toward rationality and spirituality, each which strives to provide us with answers. “Transient Objects” truly acts as a reflection of both practices and their similarities.

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After a one-month research project spent in New Mexico and Washington where he visited an observatory and Native Americans, Xavier created a visual language of his own by fusing science and mysticism. Similarly, the combination of meteorologically-related and headdress symbols from the Apache’s rain ritual ceremony refer to the very same fusion of modern and ancient interpretations.

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 Mostly inspired by technology and its consequences, the artist uses visualizations of data from one of his other artworks, ”The Disk”, and then generates its physical representation with a laser.  According to Xavier, the disk installation represents something rather complex and incomprehensible, yet simple and sublime: each tiny hole perforated in this disk embodies a star within a constellation. Native Americans used the very same approach when locating stars. Consequently, Xavier transports us into a transcendental realm devoid of humanity, almost alien-like in which one might feel puzzled. Despite this, the feeling of entering such a world stays anchored in our minds as though the impenetrable becomes accessible.

IMG_6025Text written by Julie Diebold for the Meetfactory in Prague.

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