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Rosa Barba: Drawing the Infinite

Rosa Barba, From Source to Poem, 2016 (film still), 35mm film, color, optical sound, 12 min. © Rosa Barba

Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce Drawing the Infinite, the gallery’s first solo exhibition by the Berlin-based artist Rosa Barba, opening in our Tribeca location on April 7th. The presentation, which brings together two of her recent film installations and a selection of her sculptural works from the past decade, highlights Barba’s continuous engagement with the representational function of images and language as they are channeled through cinematic apparatuses.

For Barba, cinema is a sovereign and speculative instrument that critically questions the singular properties of space and time, opening up the boundaries of traditional perception. Barba challenges linear modes of presenting and organizing knowledge by reshaping and representing imagery from scientific disciplines, such as astronomy and geology, as well as cultural archives, through shifts in gesture, genre, as well as the decontextualization of information and documents. The films, installations, and sculptures in this exhibition situate her work between experimental documentary and fictional narrative, and an oscillating logic is put forth, one that reflects how information is processed and transformed. 

The first installation, Bending to Earth, 2015 is a deep investigation into inscriptions and transformations of society as manifested in the landscape. Several radioactive fields are circled by a hand-held camera in a helicopter, while a recorded voice-over that appears through several—often distorted—world radio stations describes the materials of these constructions, initiating a mediation of ordering systems and landscape archives. Also on view will be From Source to Poem, 2016, which draws on Barba's longtime investigation of the overlaps between architecture and landscape. The film features images from the largest media archive worldwide, the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, located in Culpeper, VA, and an enormous solar power plant in California. It juxtaposes images from this media archive with a study of rhythm, and images of cultural production with those of industrial production. The films invite the viewer to ponder spaces in which history and cultural imagery are preserved in order to be passed on to future generations.

Barba has had recent solo exhibitions at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, MA; and Pirelli HangarBiCocca, Milan. Her work is in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris; among many others. She is a recent winner of The Calder Prize, Calder Foundation, New York, and has had several international residencies. Two new books on Barba's work have recently been published: Rosa Barba: On the Anarchic Organization of Cinematic Spaces, 2021 by Hatje Cantz, and a limited edition boxed set of her Printed Cinema publications, just released with Dancing Foxes Press, Brooklyn.

Artworks Nested Slideshow

Artworks Nested Slideshow Thumbnails
Rosa Barba Language Infinity Sphere (recording), 2018

Rosa Barba
Language Infinity Sphere (recording), 2018
Lino print color on canvas
From a series of 7 unique works + 2 APs
86 5/8 x 65 inches
(220 x 165 cm)
Installation view at Francisco Fino, Lisbon, 2019
Photo: Guillaume Vieira © Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba Coupez Ici, 2012

Rosa Barba
Coupez Ici, 2012
35mm film, lightbox, motor
28 3/8 x 32 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches
(72 x 82 x 13 cm)
Installation view at Turner Contemporary, 2013
© Rosa Barba
 

Rosa Barba From Source to Poem, 2016 (film still)

Rosa Barba
From Source to Poem, 2016 (film still)
35mm film, color, optical sound; 12 min
Installation dimensions variable

Rosa Barba A Shark Well Governed, 2017

Rosa Barba
A Shark Well Governed, 2017
35mm film, handwritten with ink, light box, motors
37 x 37 x 35 inches
(94 x 94 x 88.9 cm)
Photo: Agostino Osio © Rosa Barba

 

Rosa Barba Language Infinity Sphere, 2018

Rosa Barba
Language Infinity Sphere, 2018
Lead letters on steel
Diameter: 18 1/8 inches (46 cm)
Installation view at Remai Modern, Saskatoon, 2018
Photo: Blaine Campbell © Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba Bending to Earth, 2015 (film still)

Rosa Barba
Bending to Earth, 2015 (film still)
35mm film, color, optical sound; 15 min.
Installation dimensions variable

Rosa Barba Liberties, 2020

Rosa Barba
Liberties, 2020
Wax, framed
25 5/8 x 33 1/2 inches
(65 x 85 cm)
Installation view at Parra & Romero Gallery, Madrid, 2020
Photo: Roberto Ruiz © Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba Language Infinity Sphere (recording), 2018
Rosa Barba Coupez Ici, 2012
Rosa Barba From Source to Poem, 2016 (film still)
Rosa Barba A Shark Well Governed, 2017
Rosa Barba Language Infinity Sphere, 2018
Rosa Barba Bending to Earth, 2015 (film still)
Rosa Barba Liberties, 2020

Installation Views

Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite
Rosa Barba Drawing the Infinite

Videos

Rosa Barba, Drawing the Infinite

Rosa Barba

Drawing the Infinite

Installation video

Luhring Augustine Tribeca

April 7 – May 21, 2022

Contact

For information on the artist, please contact Leah Horowitz at 212.206.9100 or leah@luhringaugustine.com
For press requests, please contact Caroline Burghardt at caroline@luhringaugustine.com.
 

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