Don’t Miss: Luka Fineisen, “Smoke and Mirrors” at Hosfelt Gallery

by Admin on 07/03/2015

Visual perception is often derived from a series of ocular and conceptual negotiations, including a surmise of just how much of what is seen is true or real, if or how what we see has been manipulated by the object’s outer visual properties, and the multiple possible connotations and cues it may rouse. Particularly in visual art, the surface of the object and what is immediately recognizable plays a complex and significant role in the reading of the art object and whatever it might seek to represent, physically or conceptually. In “Smoke and Mirrors,”  German sculptor Luka Fineisen’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast at Hosfelt Gallery, disparate mediums including mylar balloons, plexiglass, resin, and even glitter and feathers are implemented in novel and surprising ways for the artist’s exploration into the relationships between art’s visual properties and its concept, its value, and wider ideals in the consumption of art.

Having exhibited and travelled extensively throughout Germany, New York, France, England and South Korea, Fineisen is likely acquainted with both global and niche art markets, as well as the contemporary issues and concerns surrounding them. Many of her installations and sculpture could be read as a critique. as well as uncompromising reflection upon this world as experienced, and contemporary art’s current focus upon the immediate visual surface, and the largely trend-based consumption and acquisition of art. Fineisen’s surfaces are glossy and slick, textured, glittered, and shiny, but void of content, and aimed to withstand the viewer’s complete immersion. In addition, Fineisen’s artwork at times includes a purposeful imperfection that inhibit the viewer’s attention from an uninterrupted reading across its pristine nature, and the (albeit obscured) reflective, shiny surface keeps viewers cognizant of their unavoidable part of the experience.

The artwork’s sparkly surfaces and special effects, presented in an austere palette of black and white and manipulative states of matter, all prompt cause for reflection upon the multifactorial consumption and visual reading of art objects. Indeed, in the artwork on view the artist often draws away color, leaving a minimalist black and white palette, which not only strips the object of its attraction but also exacerbates its plasticity, which at times creates an aesthetic contention with its physical properties. The sad-looking shiny gray Cheerios cereal, the glittery but inedible ice cream cone, and white blandness of the cotton candy don’t appeal as they would with glossy, sugary, artificially-colorful shine. A black cupcake with ebony frosting, the black gooey candied apple, and the halved sandwich that reveals its thick, silvery insides prompts not only hesitancy, but repugnance. In this way, Fineisen’s “Smoke and Mirrors”  takes a revealing look at not only what we see, but how we see it. 


Luka Fineisen, “Smoke and Mirrors” will be on view at Hosfelt Gallery through August 8, 2015