SILAS INOUE – KNUCKLESOUP

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K N U C K L E S O U P

28th of November 2014 – 3rd of January 2015

 Paintings in souplike water. Living Mantis Shrimps. The rythm of knuckles.

The exhibition Knuckle Soup revolves around fistfights among animals and humans. Silas Inoue explores the concept of aggression as a cultural expression, and as a primordial and instinctive form of behaviour. Through performance and painterly works, he creates an installation that is at once humorous and thought provoking.

In the performance titled The Flat Face Theory, the accelerating rhythm of a speed bag (normally used in boxing exercises) is synthesized with notes created by the sound artist duo Anne Gry Kristensen and Kristian Poulsen. The performance is inspired by  a brand new theory* on the evolution of the human face, in which it is argued that our flat face structure is a consequence of violence among the apes we descent from. Or more accurately, our features are the result of centuries of being punched in the face. The composition The Flat Face Theory evolves in a reaction to each punch on the speed bag. The sound is calculated by a computer where the power and duration of each punch determines how the pre-programmed composition progresses.

The performance is accompanied by a series of “living paintings”. The series consists of 3 specially constructed aquariums, in which acrylic paintings inspired by envisions of the primordial soup serve as underwater environments for one of natures most aggressive species; namely the Mantis Shrimp. The Mantis Shrimp has over a period of thousands of years developed outstanding abilities, such as the hardest punch in the animal kingdom, which is measured to reach the speed of a 22-caliber slug. These punches are used to open shells of prey and to fight rivals. Further more the mantis shrimp posses the most complex eyes yet discovered in the world, with an ability to sense ultraviolet light, and a broad spectrum of colors invisible to humans. The 3 Mantis Shrimps will live and feed on living prey in the gallery during the whole period of Knuckle Soup.

With the exhibition Knuckle Soup the white cube-like room of Third Space has become a setting for stylized aggression. The violent shrimps are confined within aesthetically created aquariums, and the rhythmic beatings of Silas Inoues fists almost become music, while echoing the theory of the flat-faced apes.

The Flat Face Theory will be performed at the opening; 28/11 18:30, and one time during the exhibition period; on the 11/12 16:30.

 

Silas Inoue (b. 1981 DK) graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2010 with studies at Jan Matejki, Academy of Fine Art, Krakow 2008-2009, and at Osaka Seikei University, Japan 2007-2008. Silas Inoue has exhibited at numerous venues nationally, and abroad. In 2015 he will exhibit at Onishi Civic Center, JP and in Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, DK. (http://www.silasinoue.com/)

 Anne Gry Friis Kristensen is a film sound designer educated from The Danish Film School. In her work as a sound designer in music, computer games and installation art she makes use of the dramaturcical methods from the world of film.

Kristian Paulsen is educated from the The Danish Rhytmic Music Conservatry. Alongside his work as a song writer and musician in the band Ice Cream Cathedral he works with composition, sound design and programming.

 

*David R. Carrie and Michael H. Morgan, Protective buttressing of the hominin face.Biological Reviews 9 Jun. 2014

 

 

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