Das Fünfte Element
The Fifth Element
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
November 15, 2013 – January 11, 2014
In her current works Trojnarski refers to electrophysical discoveries of the 18th and 19th century that form the foundation for industrial development and modern progress.
The artist deals in particular with electro-magnetic experiments and phenomenons, especially the experiments of Nicola Tesla.
The correspondent painting Tesla relates to the laboratory of the scientist which was located in the mountain desert of Colorado Springs. Around the largest Tesla-coil a simple wooden house was constructed. Here Tesla undertook his experiments with enormous lightning discharge. In the painting itself the artist unloads with broad brush marks intensive colours; orange and purple shades are strongly contrasting. In between the lucent fragments, pieces of pale areas are connected collage-like with each other.
Paper and oil on canvas200 x 200 cm, 2013
In Sympathie I (oil on grey board) pieces of rocks are facing each other with a copper plate placed between them. Similar to images of a sliced globe with its multiple layers Sympathie II shows four stones in a row. Symbolizing the correlation between all entities and substances the artist adverts to elemental relations.
Trojnarski’s installation Wogender Bernstein is also an entirely new work. It consists of three wooden balls each hanging on a copper wire in different heights from the ceiling. Thick screws around which the wire is wrapped, stick out of wooden bodies. Reclined on the floor, three copper plates form the respective antipole while at the same time transferring the three-dimensional spherical shape into a two-dimensional surface. Scientific experiments with electricity are often conducted with balls or semicircular objects. The interspace between the two poles is of special relevance as it doesn’t just disclose the void in between but reveals the hidden forces. Hence the work can be conceived artistically as well as scientifically – the boundaries between the two spheres of activity are becoming indistinct.
In this sense the exhibition title Das Fünfte Element (The Fifth Element) features a double meaning: On the one hand the title refers to electricity and the wide field of electromagnetism, on the other hand the fifth element relates to love – as in the corresponding film by Luc Besson.
For Trojnarski the love of artists and scientists for their individual work is of special interest. She recognizes strong parallels in the passion and sensitivity, the power of observation as well as the unconditional creative urge and thirst for knowledge.
She judges the creative processes in the arts and sciences to be quite similar even though their results are basically different.
Generally Angelika J. Trojnarski deals in her work with topics that explore the tension between progress and destruction. The dualism created by mankind marks the field of research of the artist who reveals the traces of a self-inflicted depredation. Her hybrid realities are deserted: The fragility of human beings in regards of constant threats in a hyper technical world are plainly apparent in Trojnarski’s work.
Wood, nails, copper wire, copper disc
Wooden balls: each ø 17 cm
Copper discs: 2 x 16 cm, 1 x 18 cm, 2013
Acrylic on canvas, copper and metal disc, copper foil on grey board
70 x 59 x 31,5 cm, 2013
Sympathie I & II
Oil, copper disc on grey board, each 108 x 150 cm, 2013
Paper and oil on grey board, 58 x 41 cm, 2013
Sonnenwind III & IV
Paper and oil on grey board, 22 x 35 cm, 2013