Curated by Wills Baker
57 Orchard Street
New York, NY
November 9–December 10, 2013
For his debut New York exhibition, Comfort Zones, Austrian artist Lucas Zallmann presents a sculptural installation, film, and works on paper curated by Wills Baker.
The exhibition interrogates themes of psychological habit, knowledge-preservation, and New York City's Wall Street. Comfort Zones will inaugurate 57 Orchard Street, previously home to the studio of Richard Hambleton.
Born and raised in Austria, Zallmann is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, where he was the protégé of Gelitin co-founder Florian Reither. Zallmann's work interrogates contemporary informational and financial systems, inspired by a degree in economics, which has evolved into a line of artistic inquiry Zallmann calls the "embodiment of knowledge." Zallmann defines this "embodiment" as a society's physical absorption of cultural myths into a central false "common" knowledge, which, over time, becomes "fact." His work responds to this act of "knowing" as an absorbent and intuitive emotional process.
From drawings described as snapshots of human consciousness entitled "mindscapes" to free-hand text abstractions made with sulfur and neon adorned fridge installations -- Zallmann explores the nature of comfort and assumption and the banal mechanics of daily life—the systematic, the familiar, and routine. In drawing attention to these linear social grids and constructions, he lifts the veil of western social engineering, which keeps conventions of knowing as the assumption in place.