GALLERY S O is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of kinetic work by Pe Lang.
Controlled and precise, Lang’s elegant machines act as mesmerising revelations about the relation between moving bodies and the forces acting upon them.
Working with seemingly mundane hardware such as magnets, steel spheres, motors or metal sheet, Lang orchestrates spare parts into mysterious vignettes that both intrigue and challenge our expectations of how objects will behave. From multiple rotating coils of chain, to chimeric viscous liquids – or entire walls of o-rings that appear to dance along strings – the behaviours of his machine are at once repetitive and full of character. Conversely, his ‘Black Works’ use highly accurate and costly technologies to produce straightforward results: water droplets that are formed in an exacting grid then slowly evaporate, for instance. Alongside his machines, in ‘Moving Objects’ Pe Lang will also present a site-specific installation that aurally traces the minute temporal changes of scrunched paper sheets.
Whether highly technical or simply machinic, all of Lang’s works are underpinned by rigorous enquiry, using readymade objects to question our accepted understanding of limits. Text by Rebecca Roke
Pe Lang was born in Sursee (Switzerland) in 1974. He lives and works in Berlin and Zurich. He has exhibitions in various international institutions, galleries and festivals such as: Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin; Sound and Space, Tokyo; Växjö Art Hall, Sweden; San Francisco Art Institute, USA; Elektra, Montreal, Centro de Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona; bitforms Gallery New York; Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Lucerne, Switzerland; Artotheque Gallery & City Hall Caen, France; SONM Murcia, Spain; Great North Museum-Hatton Gallery, Newcastle; AV Festival, Newcastle. Selected Awards and Residency Fellowships: Sitemapping/Mediaprojects Award (2011, 2008 and 2005), Swiss Art Award (2009 and 2010), and artists-in-labs residency, Center for Electronics
and Microtechnology (2007).
|Duration||02 March 2012 - 08 April 2012|
|Times||Wed–Sat 12-6, Sun 12-5, & by appt|
|Venue||Gallery S O|
|Address||92 Brick Lane London E1 6RL, ,|
|Contact||020 7377 8008 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.galleryso.com|