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Art January, 28 2009

Raphael Zarka “Geometry Improved”

Opening on January 31 and running through March 29 at MODERN ART OXFORD is an exhibition of new works from Raphael Zarka, Geometry Improved. The exhibition is the sixth in the museums Encounters series which aims to introduce UK audiences to new talent from around the world.

Paris-based artist Raphaël Zarka is a collector of sculptural forms. His ongoing series, Les Formes du Repos (Forms of Rest), consists of photographs of remnants of unrealised constructions that litter the landscape: a stretch of unfinished monorail, a concrete breakwater, a lone pylon. The series Riding Modern Art, 2007, extends his investigations further, combining found forms of public sculpture with ‘found images’ from the sub-culture vernacular of the urban skateboarder.

For his exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, Zarka presents a new installation comprising Les Formes du Repos, and recent sculptures Les Billes de Sharp (Sharp’s Beams), solid oak forms incised with geometric patterns described by the English astronomer Abraham Sharp. Zarka’s recent video Topographie Anecdotée du Skateboard, a high-octane chronicle of the history of skateboarding and its outsider status in the use of public space, will be screened during the course of the exhibition.

Image Credit:
Raphaël Zarka
Les Formes du Repos
No 1 (Rhombi)
2001
Lambda Print
70 x 100 cm
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Michel Rein

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