Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Irreducible Complexity by Andrea Hasler_October/November

Hidden in a little side alley off Brick Lane is the gallery space of the well known contemporary art magazine Next Level, curated by the founder of the magazine Sheyi Bankale. Next Level’s mission to retrieve shifts and movements of the current urban, global world and to represent these in art is condensed in this little space, amidst the multinational neighbourhood and art scene which has settled in East London over the past decade.

 

Andrea Hasler transformed the whole gallery into a dark, dreamlike installation with sparkling flooring, her two wax sculptures captivating the viewers’ gaze from the very moment they enter the sphere. Irreducible Complexity instantly confronts us with all that is human - the search for identity, pleasure and sexuality, between social constraint and personal ambition. Modelling human bodies and organs, Hasler not only makes reference to the beauty craze and consumption, but also re-embodies and reclaims the figure of the post-human instead of fixed identities.

 

The viewer has to resist the temptation to touch the smooth, flesh-like surface of the sculptures, as not only the fragility of the body of work is apparent in its physical form, but also the motives it suggests. These sculptures speak of social transformation outside the parameters of liberal humanism fostering unity and discrepancy, beauty and debauchery, and ultimately, hope.