Host, Pianissimo Gallery
17 September - 6 November, 2010
For his second solo show with Pianissimo Gallery, artist Tobias Collier presents his latest body of work in sculpture, video and drawing installation under the title “Host”.
Pursuing his interest in art production as a research practice, and in particular influenced by the methodology outlined by Hungarian mathematician Imre Lakatos, this exhibition sees Collier developing the system of what he calls “cultural geometry”.
One central tenet of this theory is the “principle of mediocrity”, that is, the insistence in homogeneity or lack of elevated hierarchical position in the particular area of cultural terrain that one may inhabit. As such, Collier’s work constantly refers to the cosmic, or rather meta-galactic, whilst manifesting in the everyday. “Host” sees Collier investigate ideas as diverse as understanding the cosmic scale, conscious thought, evolution and the parasite-host relationship through the quotidian vehicles of chart drawing, puzzle solving, origami and other more everyday activities.