23/03/2023 - 29/04/2023
Contemporary - Drawing
Ian Kiaer - Endnote, oblique
Alison Jacques is pleased to announce ‘Endnote, oblique’, an exhibition of new work by Ian Kiaer (b.1971, London) in anticipation of his inclusion in ‘UNBUILD’, that will inaugurate the reopening of London’s Drawing Room, later this year.
For his exhibition at Alison Jacques, Kiaer expands on his ongoing research around the ‘Function of the Oblique’, an architectural notion conceived and promoted by architect Claude Parent and the urbanist and philosopher Paul Virilio. Parent and Virilio sought to radically overhaul what they saw as the paradigm of the vertical and horizontal that had both dominated and crippled urban architecture since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Instead, they proposed a dynamic new architectural model that focused on the body’s attention to its position within a destabilised environment.
‘The utopias to which Ian Kiaer refers over and over are themselves the clues to a truth that is both more simple and profound … with Kiaer, it is that beauty, utopia, and dream are concealed within the most simple elements. The discovery is the result of a joyful journey or redemption: in the second life provided by the exhibition, reused materials appear to meet their true blooming…’
Fabrice Hergott, 2019
Director, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Pari
Mayfair 22 Cork Street, London W1S 3LZ