Ikea Hanging Lamp, IKEA Furniture Repurposed In Latest GNO Exhibit

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Ikea Hanging Lamp – The GNO (Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario) invites Sudburians to its new exhibition, Out of This Light, Into This Shadow from visual artist Juan Ortiz-Apuy, which runs Feb. 10 to March 8. An opening reception will be held at the GNO on Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.

Out of This Light, Into This Shadow explores certain themes related to architecture and art history through a playful sculptural landscape that refers, among many other things, to the art and architectural movement that can be traced back to the Bauhaus school.

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The Bauhaus has had a considerable impact on contemporary art and design– an impact that can still be felt today. In the exhibition, the Bauhaus’ influence is represented by an iconic lamp associated with the movement– a “1924 Wagenfeld lamp.” Hanging from the ceiling, the lamp illuminates the cardboard innards of cut-up IKEA shelving units.

Aside from the IKEA shelving, Ortiz-Apuy uses images taken from the Swiss furniture merchants’ catalogue in collages where the items so coveted by consumers are associated with nightmarish or dream-like imagery. According to the artist, his ongoing work seeks to answer the following question: “What set of materials and procedures can be appropriate to reflect the anxiety, rapidity and confusion of our present moment?”

Some elements of the installation are outright surreal. A rubber spirit level dangles sluggishly atop one of the IDEA structures. Elsewhere, one encounters a “strange object depicting a kind of metamorphosis”– a hybridized “thing” approximating a boneless human hand, a houseplant, and an IKEA desk lamp.

Ortiz-Apuy draws attention to the fact that we are living in an era of “advanced capitalism” where our environment is “object-saturated”. With his artistic work, he fashions an “erratic web of references” and seeks to create a system that could eventually follow its own logic, its own vocabulary, and its own energy.

Ortiz-Apuy says this exhibition “is inspired by the concept of Junkspace, which refers […] to the advance of the notion of junk food to the whole of our built environment, consumer culture, and world of “total design.”

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