5 Apr – 4 May 2008

The Breakers

Zoro Feigl, Natasha Rosling

The constellation of craftsmanship, art, consumer goods and machine is the domain of The Breakers / De Branding. The objects that Feigl and Rosling have selected from the Zuiderzeemuseum collection cover the entire spectrum set out above. From ships and ropes, compasses and lamps to statues and paintings.

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Natasha Rosling makes large coloured sculptures of wood, iron, textile and paint. Human beings can also be part of the sculpture: suspended from it inside a pair of trousers they have been sewn into, or carrying it through the streets. Her evident emphasis on the primacy of the senses was the reason for inviting her to take part in The Breakers / De Branding. The exhibition centres on taking objects from the Zuiderzeemuseum that, up to now, have been stored out of sight or rendered harmless in a didactic museum display and using them as material for a new work. Rosling begins by stacking objects against the front window of W139, and will work her way into the front space.    

Zoro Feigl’s works render force visible. The power of an effective piece of machinery is fully absorbed by its function. Feigl transforms this power into exhausting visibility. In a sense, his pieces are all fountains: phenomenon somewhere between propulsion and gravity. Like Sugarstorm, an open candyfloss machine that sends a whirlwind of pink cotton candy spinning into the air through four ventilators, and keeps coming loose of the floor. Or Bouncing Balls, two pillars of silver inflatable balls that bounce on top of each other, driven by a crankshaft-motored drill. The gist of his work lies in the fact that you’re aware that the pieces just about hold together but, at any second, the engine could catch fire or a knot in the rope could bring the whole thing to a standstill. One of the pieces Feigl will create for The Breakers / De Branding, Feigl is a sea of pneumatically-driven rope waves in the rear space.

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