tauba auerbach sculpts scientific forms for the new ambidextrous universe
all images by paul knight

 

 

 

tauba auerbach: the new ambidextrous universe
ICA, london
now through june 15th, 2014

 

 

the ICA in london presents the first solo exhibition in the UK by american artist tauba auerbach, who works in a wide variety of media and takes an innovative approach to mechanical processes, color and media. the exhibition of new work features sculptures and photographs, which play upon the scientific principles of symmetry and reflection as a means to hint at an alternate universe. with a fascination in topology, mathematical studies, and shapes and spaces, auerbach has ‘begun to see it at the root of everything: the nature of the physical space we inhabit, the way atoms bond to one another, the structure of a thought, an idea or an argument, the geometry of the brain and all the chemical reactions that take place in the body, or the manner in which people are connected to one another socially. the character of each of these things seems to be defined in large part by topology’ as she explains.

tauba auerbach: the new ambidextrous universe
installation view of ‘knit stitch’, 2014 and ‘latch’, 2014

 

 

for this show, auerbach takes inspiration from american author martin gardner’s renowned book, ‘the new ambidextrous universe’, which explores the chiral molecule, four dimensional space, the asymmetric DNA helix, and particle physics. created especially for this exhibition, auerbach has produced a series of sculptures that engage with symmetry, light polarization and interconnectedness and a single photograph. using technologically enhanced techniques to build forms in metal and glass, auerbach has created interlocking three-dimensional structures including a collection of floor-bound forms, waterjet cut from plywood and aluminium, circumnavigate the impossibility of reflecting a 3D object without flipping it over in 4D space.

tauba auerbach: the new ambidextrous universe
installation view at the ICA

tauba auerbach: the new ambidextrous universe
untitled, 2014
glass with plinth

tauba auerbach: the new ambidextrous universe
latch, 2014
stainless steel and powder coating
38.1 x 185.42 x 12.7cm

tauba auerbach: the new ambidextrous universe
S helix
118.1cm  x 38.1 x 12.7 cm
plinth 50.8 x 63.5 x

tauba auerbach: the new ambidextrous universe
installation view of ‘the new ambidextrous universe’