Kalashnikovv Gallery is pleased to invite you to Entropy into a Third Landscape, a solo show by Io Makandal.
“Vegetal beings on the frontline persist their way through pavement edges and cover abandoned groud texturing the concrete landscape and soften urban space. Formidably, these plants delare their own landscape, growing through hostile conditions created by human activity. An entropy unfolds as urban infrastructure fragments. Human habitats form, develop, and decay at once as they ruminate the subverted urban ecology.”
Io Makandal’s debut solo show at Kalashnikovv Gallery, Entropy into a Third Landscape is driven by an interest in nonhuman and human agencies that accent an alchemic exchange between an exploded architecture and militating vegetal matter.
I meander through materials and themes, working automatically, intuiting objects in space, o setting and pairing them with unexpected counterparts. The material ‘things’ range from detritus collected o the street to plant matter, to commodity objects, to industrial matter. I am concerned with chance, order and chaos and how, if I set up a designated space, the objects
can begin to jostle up against each other in a sort of struggle for power. In contrast, the objects sometimes occupy one at plane, rendered of equal status and value. Marksand colours create visual mind-scapes or an alternate landscape of a subjective inner process. The process displaces the familiar and foreign in memory and place.
This working methodology enacts with a greater concern for the meeting of arti ce and ‘nature’; a third landscape textures the concrete geometric structures of urban space. Exploring an urban ecology, my work meditates and militates against the e ects of urbanism on the environment and human psyche during the Anthropocene.
I am intrigued by how humanised activity on earth creates a binary between nature and society and how this dynamic is continually evolving. I see my work as a ction of space and place that illustrates the uctuation between the environment we create and the natural realm.
The exhibition will be up 9 March – 3 April 2017