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Aesthetic Tension: Art by Angelika Merkul


A photo of an art installation by Angelika MarkulUntitled (from Excavations of the Future)

Angelika Markul is a multi-media and installation artist who currently lives and works between France and Poland. Markul’s recent works have focused on a sense of aesthetic tension between bright, clean neon lights and dark, heavy sculptural materials.


An installation photo of Angelika Markul's Excavations of the FutureUntitled (from Excavations of the Future)

 

Markul’s recent show exhibition, Excavations of The Future features a number of sculptural objects made in black, waxy material that looks almost like polished volcanic stone. These objects, while at first glance bulbous, abstract masses, often incorporate eerily recognizable elements like the shapes of hands or articles of clothing. Placed in deep frames or on metal tables that have a surgical look to them the objects are bathed in colored light from circles of neon tubing, creating an overall aesthetic that speaks to excavation and dissection.

 

Similarly, in Horizon, a yellow neon bar casts light into a frame filled with deep, dark-colored in a wall hanging frame, like a fragment of an strange, alien landscape within a gallery space. 


An artwork by Angelika Markul featuring a wax wall hanging and a neon lampHorizon (installation view), wax, dye, neon lamp


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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